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    Hawks sign Kevin Huerter to four-year $65M extension

    Oct 19, 2021
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    ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks agreed on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) to a four-year, $65 million contract extension with guard Kevin Huerter, locking up another important player from the team that made a surprising run to the Eastern Conference final.

    Huerter was the last piece in the Hawks' offseason list of priorities, working out the rookie-scale extension shortly before Monday's 6 p.m. deadline. The season begins Tuesday. ESPN first reported the deal, which begins with the 2022-23 season, and Hawks confirmed it in an evening news release.

    "It was important to our group to secure Kevin as a part of our team moving forward," general manager Travis Schlenk said. "He's developed into a versatile, two-way player who can fit any lineup and can play minutes all over the perimeter. We are excited his future is in Atlanta."

    The 23-year-old Huerter was the No. 19 overall pick in the 2018 draft that also brought Trae Young to Atlanta.

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    Huerter's role has steadily grown over his three years in the league. Last season, the 6-foot-7 player averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and a team-leading 1.2 steals while starting 49 of 69 games.

    Kevin HuerterKevin Huerter, the No. 19 overall pick in the 2018 draft, averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and a team-leading 1.2 steals last season.

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    He saved his best performance for the playoffs, scoring 27 points in a Game 7 victory over the top-seeded 76ers in Philadelphia to cap a stunning upset in the conference semifinals.

    Huerter's signing follows the Hawks agreeing to a maximum five-year, $207 million rookie contract extension with Young. They also locked up another key player when restricted free agent forward John Collins returned to the team with a new five-year, $125 million contract.

    In addition, the Hawks exercised fourth-year contract options on former first-round picks De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish, as well as the third-year option on Onyeka Okongwu, the No. 6 pick in 2020.

    Atlanta opens a season of high expectations on Thursday night, hosting Dallas.

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