John Collins to the Detroit Pistons Is a Match Made in Heaven

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John Collins to the Detroit Pistons Is a Match Made in Heaven

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John Collins to the Detroit Pistons Is a Match Made in Heaven

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John Collins has been on the Hawks’ trading block for what seems to be the better part of his NBA career. Even into this season, Atlanta continues to shop the promising forward. Despite a down year thus far, Collins is still only 25 years old with a multitude of skills to bring to the table. His offensive ability as a premier lob threat and shooting big while showing flashes of putting the ball on the floor will give him a role as a tertiary third to fourth option. Collins is a guy teams looking to build a core should inquire about.

Maybe the best fit for a player of Collins’ caliber is the Detroit Pistons. This is a team that has a young core with plenty of upside that’s just a year away from getting winning experience. With Cade Cunningham at the helm alongside Jaden Ivey and other supporting players, this group is likely not far from winning games with just one more season to develop and add more youth to their treasure chest. Of all potential trade targets on the market, Collins brings the best fit for the short and long term.

With Collins’ trade value likely lower than it’s ever been so it shouldn’t be a hard deal to negotiate. In a deal that would send Collins to Detroit, Atlanta will receive Nerlens Noel, Killian Hayes, Isaiah Stewart, and a 2027 first round pick. The Hawks get fair enough compensation, with Noel being an easy contract to flip to create cap space, along with two young players to develop and a future first. It may not make them instantly better, but it helps them get off Collins’ $23,500,000 long-term deal, while giving them future assets.

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The Pistons are still in the process of building a core that can win them games for years, and Collins fits in perfectly. He’s best served as a third option who can create with or without the ball. His pick-and-roll skill-set will help open up Detroit’s offense dramatically. Cunningham has already become one of the best pick-and-roll initiators in the league, and Ivey is on pace to be right there with him. Collins being able to not only operate in the pick-and-roll but the pick-and-pop as well could help Detroit raise their offensive ceiling within the future.

Along with that, the overall potential as a whole with a core of Cunningham, Ivey, Bey, Collins, Duren along with whoever they get atop of the NBA draft this offseason pencils Detroit in as one of the brightest young teams in basketball. This is a rebuild that has gone tremendously well early on and they’re a few pieces away from catapulting into one of the league’s most promising young groups. This is a team that can compete for years upon years, and with Collins being locked in for the next four seasons, he’d be there to stay.

Detroit can do damage as soon as next season with Collins implemented in. With that core along with another top draft pick, all Detroit would need to do is stock up on veterans. They already have one in Bojan Bogdanovic, a top tier role player in basketball. With his elite shooting and spurts of creation, Bogdanovic even in his 30’s can be a valuable piece to this Detroit team off the bench. That’s already seven players who can contribute to winning, and if Detroit uses their cap room to snag a few more role players in free agency, they can build one of the best nine to ten man rotations in basketball. 

This is a rebuild that has gone nearly flawless. Detroit already has their duo for the future in Cunningham and Ivey. They also have other young pieces to contribute, along with whoever they select in the NBA draft. This alone puts them just a few pieces away from breaking the glass ceiling and turning the future into the present. Looking at the realistic trade targets on the market across the association, Collins is the perfect option to pair with this group. His combination of offensive skill and his fit with the team makes him a perfect guy to snag, and Detroit should be monitoring his situation in Atlanta extremely closely. 

The best way to rebuild a franchise is to tank for two to three years, find your stars and glue guys of the future in the draft, and build upon that with trades and free agency acquisitions. After that, winning should be set into motion to give those young pieces early experience in the playoff atmosphere. Adding Collins would be the perfect way to take that next step into the rebuild, which will help Detroit give their future stars playoff reps.



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