3 offseason moves the Atlanta Hawks need to make

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Give Trae Young a max extension

The Hawks won’t have a bigger no-brainer than giving Trae Young a max contract extension. They wouldn’t have sniffed the Eastern Conference Finals without him.

Young has always looked like an exciting scorer, garnering All-Star status in 2019-20 while averaging 29.6 points per game. He matured considerably in his third season in the NBA. So while his regular-season scoring average went down to 25.3 points, his ability to lead his team to victories rose.

That was particularly clear in the playoffs as he exploded with 29.8 points and 9.5 assists while engineering upsets over the Knicks and 76ers.

Young is too good to deny a max deal. With him running the show, the Hawks will continue to be a force to reckon with in the playoffs.

It’s not a question of if Atlanta will sort out a deal. It’s simply a question of how quickly they hammer out the details to make sure Young stays with the franchise for a long time to come.

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