Pelicans looking to trade for John Collins from Hawks

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A recent skid has brought the New Orleans Pelicans down the standings in the Western Conference. After a four-game losing streak, their record has fallen to 26-21, placing them fourth in the conference, seven games behind the Denver Nuggets. Can they become active as the NBA trade deadline approaches?

Zion Williamson’s absence has played a huge role in their longstanding inability to win. Williamson has missed 10 games due to a hamstring injury. During that time, the Pelicans are 3-7.

During the season, New Orleans is 9-9 without Williamson in the lineup, so they’ve found limited success when he’s off the field.

Unfortunately, adjusting to Williamson’s absence is something the Pelicans are used to. He has been sidelined for more games than he has appeared in during his NBA career, putting pressure on the rest of his teammates to catch up.

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As one of the top teams when healthy, it’s no surprise that the Pelicans want to add to their roster ahead of the trade deadline. Looking to strengthen the frontcourt, they have been linked, according to John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report. The talks never got too serious, though, and Atlanta won’t just give Collins away to make a move.

The New Orleans Pelicans contacted the Atlanta Hawks about forward John Collins, but the talks were only tentative, according to league sources. Atlanta is busy with offers for Collins, but is happy to keep him on the roster after the trade deadline if the right move doesn’t materialize.

Collins has seen his role diminish with the Hawks in recent seasons and would likely be open to a change of scenery. One obstacle to moving him is his contract, as he is in the second year of a $125 million five-year pact.

That, coupled with his performance this season, puts the Hawks in a difficult position. He is the only player with whom the team held trade talks after the shake-up in their front office that saw Travis Schlenk moved into an advisory role and Landry Fields took on a larger role as general manager.

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Over the season, Collins averaged 13.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks per game. His 3-point shooting has fallen off a cliff as he only makes 26 percent of his attempts. But overall, he remains efficient, shooting 62.6 percent of his 2-point attempts and 50.9 percent of his total shots.

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