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Hawks bet big on De’Andre Hunter, sign him to four-year, $95 million contract extension

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The Atlanta Hawks are betting big that De’Andre Hunter can be the three they need next to an All-Star backcourt of Trae Young and DeJounte Murray.

Just before the 6 p.m. Eastern deadline on Monday, Atlanta agreed to terms on a four-year, $90 million contract extension with Hunter, a story broken by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and soon confirmed by the team.

The contract is for $90 million guaranteed with up to $5 million in unlikely incentives.

It’s the contract Hunter wanted, but it raised eyebrows around the league as a big number, considering Hunter’s contributions. He’s the best three on the Hawks roster, but now they need him to be consistent in that role. He averaged 13.4 points and 3.3 rebounds a game last season, shooting 37.9% from 3. However, Hunter wasn’t efficient overall, and the Hawks had a -1.6 net rating when he was on the court last season — and he struggled a lot more in the postseason.

The Hawks have locked up their core now of Young, Murray, John Collins and Hunter. This roster looks good on paper, but it will be challenged in a very deep and unforgiving East.