John Collins, Atlanta Hawks
This list would not be complete without the ultimate reclamation candidate – John Collins, who went from being an All-Star talent player to one that has almost become an afterthought with the Atlanta Hawks. Collins is getting paid like a star but isn’t performing as one. He’s taken steps back in each of the last three seasons, culminating in averaging just 13 points and seven rebounds on 51 percent shooting from the field and 29 percent shooting from 3-point range.
He has fallen out of the good graces of the Hawks and appears to be on the trade block for the second-straight offseason. Collins’ trade value is likely at an all-time low and if the Miami Heat wanted to swipe him away from the Hawks, they could probably do so fairly easily.
The big question is whether or not the Heat feels as if they could salvage Collins’ career. At just 25 years of age, there’s reason to believe that they can. Collins has the ability and skill set to be an effective two-way player. He hasn’t been that recently for the Hawks. Maybe the Heat’s culutrue and coaching staff can get the best out of him.
If the Heat misses out on one o the bigger stars during the offseason, taking a gamble on Collins may not be the worst backup plan.