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.
Hawks’ Kevin Huerter Says Team Focused on Improving
Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Kevin Huerter knows that the team is on the rise, but says that they aren’t focused on making the playoffs, instead looking to make an improvement.
“Honestly, no,” Huerter said, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hypewhen asked if the Hawks have talked about possibly making the playoffs.
“Playoffs, for us, isn’t really a word we talk about – all we talk about is winning more than 29 games. We know how honestly close we were last year – we weren’t too far off from that eighth seed – but we’re probably not going to talk about it for most of the year. It’s not something we talk about in the locker room, trying to sneak in [to the playoffs]. It’s literally just, “We’re going to win more than 29 games and continue to get better.” Then whatever happens, happens.”
While a playoff trip would certainly be exciting, the Hawks just want to trust the process of their development.
Hawks Acquire Chandler Parsons from Grizzlies for Solomon Hill, Miles Plumlee
Memphis has been trying to unload Parsons following the ill-advised decision to give him a four-year, $94.4 million deal to take him away from the Dallas Mavericks.
Parsons is due $24.1 million during the last year of his contract.
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.
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