Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins is reportedly no longer experiencing pain in his injured left ankle that caused him to delay making his season debut.
“He is progressing along nicely. He has got another appointment with the doctors, I think (it’s) on the 4th (of November). So we’re hopeful there that we’ll see that the ligament will be back to 100 percent, and then we can really start getting him going on the court,” Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said, during an appearance on 92.9 Atlanta The Game (h/t Kevin Chouinard of Hawks.com).
“The biggest thing, as you guys know, is that he hasn’t done anything now in over a month really or about a month now, so it’s just going to be getting his conditioning back. But he’s progressing. He doesn’t have the pain in there any more. And we’ll get him to the doctor here at the end of this week and hopefully we’ll get the all clear and start ramping him back up to full speed.”
Collins returning to the lineup is a big boost for the Hawks, as he looks to build off a promising 2017-2018 campaign.
Knicks, Hawks Considering Trade for 3rd Overall Pick
The New York Knicks are considering trading out of the 3rd overall slot in the 2019 NBA Draft, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz.
The Knicks are considering dealing the 3rd overall pick to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the Hawks’ 8th and 10th picks.
It is rumored that R.J. Barrett will be taken with the 3rd overall pick, assuming that both Zion Williamson and Ja Morant are both off the board.
The New Orleans Hornets are expected to take Williamson, while the Memphis Grizzlies are expected to take Ja Morant.
Vince Carter Returning for 22nd NBA Season
Vince Carter isn’t ready to call it a career just yet.
Carter announced his intentions next season during an appearance on
the latest episode of the Winging It podcast, (h/t the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore).
Carter had stated that he was “90 percent” sure he would retire following the 2018-2019 season, which he wrote in an entry with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated back in April 2018.
Carter appeared on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption back in March and stated he might have another season left in him:
Carter averaged 7.4 points per game for the Hawks last season.
Hawks’ Kent Bazemore To Miss At Least Two Weeks
While Bazemore’s absence won’t make a huge impact on the outcome of the Hawks’ season, who have struggled this season, it will make an impact on their flexibility around the trade deadline as the team will lose a valuable trade chip.
Bazemore has been enjoying a career year this season, averaging 14.0 ppg and 4.0 rebounds to go along with 2.6 assists for Atlanta this season.
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