Jazz: John Collins May Be Moving Again Soon with Utah Stint Flailing

The Utah Jazz appeared to have added a sensible player in John Collins in the offseason following a trade with the Atlanta Hawks. Unfortunately, things have not bode well for both parties.

Collins, a coveted player when he was still with the Hawks is struggling this season. Despite owning career averages of 15.7 points, 8 rebounds and 1.4 assists, the numbers of the 26-year-old center-forward have significantly dropped.

In 31 games thus far, the 6-foot-9 Collins has managed only 13.7 points and 7.8 rebounds in 28.7 minutes of action per Basketball-Reference.

John Collins of the Utah Jazz [photo from Utah Jazz Instagram]
John Collins of the Utah Jazz [photo from Utah Jazz Instagram]

With Collins appearing not to be a fit for the Jazz, the 19th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft could be a player to watch as the NBA trade deadline approaches.

“Utah traded for Collins in July at minimal cost but the parties, to put it charitably, have not clicked,” Stein reported. “The question: Will the Jazz have any greater success in finding a workable trade than Atlanta did? Collins’ name, remember, circulated at multiple trade deadlines — before and after the five-year, $125 million contract he eventually landed — until the Hawks finally salary-dumped him to the Jazz for a future second-round draft pick.”

Not a good look for John Collins

Considering he was in a trade deal this offseason, seeing him being shipped again will not be a good look. That may depend on the team that could take an interest in him.

Aside from that, there is the contract that he carries. John Collins still has two years left in his five-year $125 million contract after this season. Teams who are trying to crunch numbers may not be able to take that in at the rate Collins is performing.

Before the Hawks-Jazz deal, several teams were mentioned as plausible landing spots. That list includes the Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, Portland Trail Blazers and the Charlotte Hornets.

But from that list, the Kings are unlikely to be players heading into the NBA trade deadline. They are faring well thus far so it makes no sense to change it up with the success they are having at the moment.

The Raptors, Blazers and Hornets could revisit a potential trade although Collins’s performance and the big money that comes with him are likely to force these teams to think twice.

Utah Jazz in no rush to trade Collins

As far as seeing John Collins moving again by the trade deadline, the Utah Jazz may be in no rush to do so. The only player that they reportedly do not plan to trade is Lauri Markkanen.

Aside from Collins, the names of Jordan Clarkson, Kelly Olynyk, Collin Sexton and Simone Fontecchio have been mentioned as players that could be traded on or before February 8. With the Jazz toting a 16-20 win-loss record, the next couple of weeks should be interesting.

For now, the Jazz need to concentrate on their regular season games. They are coming off a 126-97 loss to the Boston Celtics, snapping their three-game winning run.

Utah is set to face the Philadelphia 76ers in their next assignment on Saturday, January 6 at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Jazz are 12.5-point spread underdogs against the Sixers. The Moneyline is set at +470 for Utah and -650 for Philadelphia with the over/under set at 237.5 per the Action Network.

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