NBA rumors: Hawks to finalize huge 5-year extension with Trae Young

Hawks guard Trae Young. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Hawks guard Trae Young. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

All-Star point guard Trae Young is expected to sign a five-year contract extension with the Atlanta Hawks worth $170 million.

The Hawks and Trae Young are ready to keep the train rolling in Atlanta.

As soon as the NBA allows, the Hawks and Young are expected to finalize a maximum contract extension for five years and $170 million, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.

Amick added that the deal between Young and the Hawks includes a “supermax trigger that could push it to $201.5 million.”

The NBA doesn’t allow extensions on rookie deals, so Atlanta won’t be able to complete the extension until midnight on Monday.

The Hawks and Trae Young are on the verge of a huge extension

If it wasn’t already obvious Young would be worth a max deal, he made it extremely clear with an impressive playoff run.

In the first postseason of his career, Young went off with 28.8 points and 9.5 assists per game. He led Atlanta to a 4-1 series win over the Knicks in the first round, then engineered an upset of the 76ers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Young and company ran into the eventual champion Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals and fell 4-2 in the series.

Even if it ended in disappointment, the playoff run proved what a talent Young is. In his first three years in the league, he’s already showed incredible scoring touch. He picked up All-Star honors in 2019-20 while averaging 29.6 points and 9.3 assists.

In 2020-21, Young’s scoring average went down slightly, but he added efficiency to his game instead of just volume. His trajectory is heading up at a steep angle.

Next season, Young will be 23, so Atlanta can look forward to watching him continue to grow while knowing they have him locked in for the foreseeable future.

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