Houston Rockets trade for John Collins #1
Why the Atlanta Hawks would make this trade.
Even though the Hawks have a young team, they are still a team that doesn’t want to miss the playoffs again this year. Like most players, Trae Young wants to win and making the playoffs this season would be huge for the Hawks’ chances of keeping him in town long-term.
Tucker brings the Hawks veteran leadership and the ability to guard multiple positions. He has always been a better fit on a team with multiple offensive weapons to hide his offensive shortcomings.
Tucker gives the Hawks the toughness they have been missing over the Trae Young era. The two picks, especially the pick swap in 2025, could give the Hawks a lottery pick that year or entice teams to trade a valuable asset for that pick.
This trade boosts the Hawks’ playoff odds this season and will give them the assets to build a contender down the line. Trae Young is young a superstar and the Hawks need to appease his ego now and into the future.
The Rockets when healthy are good enough to make the playoffs. The issue is that may not be enough in the end. With two veteran players on the last year of their deal, the time is now to improve the future outlook of the team.
Collins is a player that can improve the team now and also well into the future. His talent is hard to pass on and considering he is just entering his prime, he may just be scratching the surface.