Each year, NBA teams must make decisions on rookie-scale team options and, very often, they are no-brainers. For the Atlanta Hawks, there was absolutely no mystery in advance of the 2020-21 season, and the organization announced on Monday it would exercise team options for Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish.
For Young and Huerter, the Hawks are exercising fourth-year options for the 2021-22 season. Young’s salary as the No. 5 overall pick will be $8,326,471 and Huerter’s salary for his fourth season will be $4,253,357.
Hunter and Reddish were selected in the 2019 NBA Draft, meaning Atlanta exercised third-year options on both players. Hunter will earn $7,775,400 in 2021-22 as the No. 4 overall pick, with Reddish earning $4,670,160 as the No. 10 overall pick.
All four players are important to Atlanta’s present and future, with Young as the organization’s centerpiece. Young led the team with 29.6 points and 9.3 assists per game last season, with Huerter adding 12.2 points per game and shooting 38 percent from three-point distance. Both Hunter and Reddish flashed considerable potential as rookies, with Hunter averaging 12.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game and Reddish contributing 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals per contest.
In advance of the 2021-22 season, the Hawks will be deciding on fourth-year team options for both Hunter ($9.8 million) and Reddish ($5.9 million) for the 2022-23 season, in addition to a third-year team option for 2020 first round pick Onyeka Okongwu ($6.4 million). As for Young and Huerter, both will be eligible for rookie-scale contract extensions in the summer of 2021.