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Proposed deal sees heat deal ahead of Duncan Robinson for $125 million star

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The Miami Heat have officially entered the rumor mill of the trade. With recent reports (via HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto) that Duncan Robinson could be available for talks, there has been much speculation as to where he could end up and what Miami could get in return.

A possible match for a deal would be the Atlanta Hawks, who have also gotten into the rumor mill. They’ve reportedly started preliminary talks about a John Collins trade and the Heat should definitely get involved.

Here is an overview of a possible deal:

Get heat: Collins

Gain Falcon: Robinson, Caleb Martin, 2027 1st round selection, 2028 2nd round selection

This deal would result in the Heat receiving a significant upgrade to their power forward position, as Martin (6’5) started for them at that position. Bringing Collins into the mix would help improve her offense significantly.

So far this season, Collins has struggled to live up to expectations. He averages 12.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists on 49.7% shots from the field and 26.9% shots from deep.

That being said, his career numbers are a lot more promising. For his career, he has averaged 16.3 minutes, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists on 55.7% shots from the field and 36.9% shots from three-point land.

His shooting and vertical ground clearance would give Miami a much-needed additional option on offense that Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro can do without.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Atlanta had started trade talks with Collins.

“The Hawks have opened preliminary trade talks about forward John Collins, as interested teams are inquiring, league sources tell The Athletic,” Charania wrote. “The Suns are one team showing interest in Collins, these sources added, but they appear reluctant to take on the long-term money from Collins, who is in the second season of a five-year, $125 million contract. The Hawks have no upcoming deal with Collins, these sources say, and league executives believe a potential deal will be in the pipeline weeks and possibly months before the Feb. 9 trade close.

Resigning Collins would cause the Hawks to seriously shake their core. Before they were traded for Dejounte Murray last summer, he was widely considered their second-best player behind Trae Young.

That being said, this deal would get them two players who could step in and give them solid minutes. Robinson would obviously be one, and even though he’s land a year down by three points, Atlanta ranks 27th on the three-point percentage (32.0%) so they could use the help anyway.

While not the biggest name, Martin would actually be a phenomenal pickup for Atlanta. They need to improve their depth on the wing position and Martin has proven he can play the two, three and four. He would be a great 3&D guy in their rotation as he’s averaging 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game this year, with 44.8% from the field and 38.0% from deep shoot.

Add in the picks, and it’s not bad pickings for Collins.

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