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We don’t know the answer to that question just yet, but the Atlanta big man is drumming up plenty of trade interest (again) as the draft nears. Not surprisingly, that chatter has grown even more today.

Yet while there seems to be some sort of unofficial consensus around the league that Sacramento is leading the way in terms of the negotiations, sources say the Kings’ offer has thus far been seen as underwhelming by the Hawks. Kings small forward Harrison Barnes would go to Atlanta in the deal, and – to be clear – the Kings’ No. 4 pick is not part of these discussions. If that were the case, it would likely be done already.

As Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported on Wednesday, sources confirm that there have been significant talks with San Antonio about a deal involving Collins and Spurs guard Dejounte Murray. Yet as of late last night, the Spurs’ massive price was seen as exorbitant by the Hawks. A significant gap exists there, it seems, but it’s still very much worth watching.

Now, what about Utah? The Hawks have been rumored to have interest in Jazz center Rudy Gobert for quite some time, and getting an elite big back for Collins would make sense in terms of roster construction. Except for one thing: Sources significantly downplayed the idea that Atlanta wants Gobert and said this scenario has been wildly overblown. For starters, the Hawks still think very highly of center Clint Capela and franchise centerpiece Trae Young is known to be quite close with him as well. With that in mind, take a quick peek at the respective contracts of the two big men and you’ll better understand why the Hawks are not pursuing Utah’s three-time Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-Star.

Capela: $ 18.2 million next season (three years, $ 61 million combined left on his deal).

Gobert: $ 35.3 next season (four years, $ 169 million combined left on his deal; player option in 2025-26)

The list of Collins suitors is long here, with Indiana, Washington and Brooklyn known to have shown interest. Stay tuned …

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