Atlanta Hawks: How a Minnesota Timberwolves trade for John Collins might look

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Why the Atlanta Hawks agree to this trade.

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The Hawks are looking to improve their standings now and as a result, giving up a future piece such as Okongwu could be tough. However, they will get the second-year center Naz Reid in return, who is just 22 years old.

Reid gives the Hawks coaching staff options as he is 6’9″ but also shoots the ball at 34.0 percent from deep on 2.8 attempts per game. He can play alongside Capela or he can back him up, giving the Hawks a different look on offense when he is on the court.

Malik Beasley has been a walking bucket since he donned a Timberwolves uniform. He is averaging more than 20 points per game while shooting the 3-ball at greater than 40 percent on 8.7 attempts per game. He could come off the bench in a role similar to what Jordan Clarkson performs for the Utah Jazz.

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Jake Layman is the last part of the deal. The young small forward has played for the Portland Trail Blazers and now the Timberwolves. He has developed into a solid bench presence who recognizes where and when he needs to score and can make the opposition pay from inside or out.