A new report has revealed additional details about the Hawks' attempts to trade power forward John Collins.
According to Jake L. Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Hawks have discussed a deal with the Spurs that would send Collins to San Antonio in exchange for star guard Dejounte Murray.
The Spurs have been "fielding offers" for Murray, Fischer reported. Murray made his first All-Star team last season while nearly averaging a triple-double with 21 points, 8.3 rebounds and 9.2 assists per game.
The Hawks meanwhile have been known to be open to dealing Collins since at least last season, when he was a rumored trade candidate leading up to the deadline. Collins, who turns 25 in September, doesn't seem to be in the Hawks' long-term plans. Despite strong overall play when healthy and engaged, the former Wake Forest star has struggled to stay healthy and also lost time to a PED suspension.
A Collins trade never materialized for the Hawks, but they remain focused on acquiring a playmaker to pair with Trae Young in the back court, per Fischer. So Murray seems to be a logical target.
For the Spurs, Murray, an emergent star who turns 26 in September, doesn't seem to fit the timeline for what is shaping up to be a significant rebuild, the report said. The former Washington Huskies star is entering the third year of a four-year, $64 million contract, and can expect a hefty raise when his deal expires after the 2023-24 season.
Murray responded to the reported trade talks on social media: