ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta Hawks on Monday negotiated a $ 65 million four-year contract extension with defender Kevin Huerter, blocking another important player from a squad that unexpectedly made it to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Huerter was the last figure on the Hawks’ offseason priority list, crafting a rookie expansion shortly before Monday’s 6:00 pm deadline. The season starts on Tuesday. ESPN was the first to report the deal, which begins in the 2022-23 season, and Hawkes confirmed this in an evening news release.
“It was important for our group that Kevin was part of our team moving forward,” said General Manager Travis Schlenk. “He has developed into a versatile two-way player who fits any squad and can play minutes around the perimeter. We’re thrilled to have his future in Atlanta. “
The 23-year-old Huerter was numbered 19 in the 2018 draft, which also brought Trey Young to Atlanta.
Huerter’s role has grown steadily over his three years in the league. The 6-7-inch player averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 interceptions to the team’s top leaders in 49 of 69 games last season.
He retained his best playoff record with 27 points in Game 7, beating the top 76ers in Philadelphia, ending a stunning defeat in the conference semifinals.
Huerter’s signing follows the Hawks’ agreement to renew the rookie’s contract with Young for a maximum five-year sum of $ 207 million. They also blocked another key player when limited free agent striker John Collins returned to the team with a new $ 125 million five-year contract.
In addition, the Hawks exercised fourth year options on former first round picks of De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish, as well as a third year option on Onyek Okongwu, peak # 6 in 2020.
Atlanta opens the season of high expectations Thursday night by hosting Dallas.
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