NBA Media Day Live Updates: Hawks, Wizards Announce Start of Training Camps
General manager Landry Fields says forward John Collins’ right ring finger, which suffered an injury last March and plagued him in the playoffs, “still looks ugly” but should to go well. Perhaps more important was Fields speaking with Collins about trade talks that involved the player for the second straight offseason.
“I don’t think we’re doing our job if we don’t communicate with these guys,” Fields said. “With John, he will always remain professional, and I was just sitting with him yesterday, and being a former player, I know what it’s like to be in trade negotiations. What you have to do is keep communicating through this. Don’t let things sit and boil. Let’s have a shared partnership. We’re going to give you everything we’ve got. For him, it’s about constant communication and trying to see things from their point of view and understand humanity before the player.
Coach Nate McMillan said he also spoke to Collins: “A lot of times it’s good that other teams are interested in you. I talked about the time a week before training camp I was on the trade block and the organization (Seattle) wasn’t being honest with me. I asked the organization, “Am I really on the trading block? and they said no. I asked the coach who lived in the same city as the one on the team who wanted to trade for me, “Are you trying to trade for me? and he said, ‘Yes, I want you.’ So I go to the facility (Seatlte) and train and they always tell me, ‘No, we’re not trying to trade you.’ I actually see this (another player from another team) on the 6 p.m. news getting off the plane and he’s coming to visit the city of Seattle to see if he wants to be traded there. He finally decided he didn’t want to come. He went back to his team and I had to go to training camp two or three days later. It’s just a mindset that you need to be professional in your approach. You have a job to do and you are still being paid by this organization.