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We don’t know the answer to that question yet, but the big man from Atlanta is (again) drumming up a lot of trade interest as the draft draws near. Not surprisingly, this chatter has increased even more today.

But while there appears to be an unofficial consensus in the league that Sacramento is leading the way in terms of negotiations, sources say the Kings’ offer has so far been viewed as unconvincing by the Hawks. Kings short forward Harrison Barnes would go to Atlanta as part of the deal, and — to be clear — the Kings’ No. 4 is not part of those discussions. If that were the case, it would probably already be done.

As Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported on Wednesday, sources confirm there have been significant talks with San Antonio over a deal between Collins and Spurs guard Dejounte Murray. But late into the night, the Spurs’ massive price tag was viewed as exorbitant by the Hawks. There seems to be a significant gap there, but it’s still well worth seeing.

Well, what about Utah? The Hawks have been rumored to have had an interest in jazz center Rudy Gobert for some time and it would make sense in terms of roster line-up to get Collins a big backing. Except for one thing: Sources significantly downplayed the idea of ​​Atlanta wanting Gobert, saying that scenario was completely overblown. For starters, Hawks centers still hold Clint Capela very high, and Trae Young, the centerpiece of the franchise, is known to be quite close to him as well. With that in mind, take a quick look at the respective contracts of the two big men and you’ll better understand why the Hawks aren’t chasing Utah’s three-time Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-Star.

Capela: $18.2 million next season (three years, $61 million total on his contract).

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

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

(Photo: Brett Davis / USA Today)

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