The Boston Celtics have their sights set on acquiring John Collins from the Atlanta Hawks, but the Hawks’ asking price is reportedly steep.
In exchange for Collins, the Hawks are seeking a “high-level first round draft pick and/or talented young player,” according to Shams Charania.
Collins is set to be a restricted free agent in the offseason.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Collins was also drawing trade interest from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In 39 games, the 23-year-old is averaging 17.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 block per game.
If the Celtics can’t swing a deal for Collins, Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes may be a more realistic target, notes Sam Amick of The Athletic.
Barnes would fill the Celtics’ need for a shooter with some size.
The 28-year-old is averaging 16.7 points per game and career-highs in rebounds (6.2) and assists (3.5) per game while shooting a career-high 49.2 percent from the field.