Travis Schlenk met with the media earlier today and discussed a number of topics. Alex already covered all of the injury updates, but perhaps the most important thing said was regarding Kevin Huerter, who is eligible for a contract extension. Earlier this offseason, Schlenk expressed his desire to get one done before the season. It hasn’t happened yet, but nothing has changed. Schlenk said negotiations are ongoing, and they are still aiming to put pen to paper before the first tip-off of the season.
Hawks GM Travis Schlenk says it's still the hope to get something done with Kevin Huerter by the start of this season, regarding an extension.
Says negotiations are still ongoing.
— Sarah K. Spencer (@sarah_k_spence) September 24, 2021
Hawks fans had been waiting for Kevin Huerter to take the next step for a couple of years, and while it may have taken longer than some expected, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Huerter was a star in the playoffs — both offensively and defensively. He effectively ended “The Process” when he dropped 27 points on the road in Game 7 to clinch a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals and was Atlanta’s go-to scorer off the bench throughout the playoffs. However, I was even more impressed with his defense; he might just be the Hawks best perimeter defender right now.
So, what might a Kevin Huerter extension look like?
Alex Lord covered this exact topic a month ago. His conclusion was something like three years, $45-50 million. That sounds about right as far as the AAV is concerned, but I think Huerter will likely get four years — around $65-70 million in total.
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