Sarah K. Spencer: Nate McMillan on Kevin Huerter, with the deadline to extend Huerter approaching: “You hope that we can get Kevin signed and extended and we can move forward, everybody can just start to focus on the season. But that’s a situation Kevin and the organization are working out.”
Ayton, Jackson and Huerter are believed to be the strongest candidates to get deals done, but recent NBA history suggests that it would be wise to expect the over when it comes to extensions.
Sarah K. Spencer: Kevin Huerter on negotiations for a potential extension: "We're still working. It's something we've kind of worked through throughout the summer. Mostly I let my agent and Travis handle (it). Obviously I hope to get something done but there's no guarantees."
Sarah K. Spencer: 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.
Any update on Kevin Huerter extension talks? — Steve H. Nope. The two sides are having conversations, but it’s likely nothing will be decided until closer to the start of the regular season. If I were betting, they won’t get a deal done and will revisit his contract next offseason like they did with John Collins. It worked out for Collins because he ended up getting more money than what he was originally offered a year prior.
Known for his 3-point shooting prowess, Huerter developed into a good defender last season, which took his game to another level. He impressed with his success on defense and overall growth in the second half of the season, which included acting as the Hawks’ hero in Game 7 vs. the Sixers, scoring a team-high 27. “We’ve spoken with his agent,” Schlenk said. “We’re going to get into deeper dialogue next week. His agent wanted to wait a little bit and get all his free agents signed, before he went into extensions, less time-sensitive matters like the extension, but certainly his agent and Kevin are hoping to have that dialogue and certainly we are as well… Our intention is to try and get something done with Kevin, for sure.”
SI: You're extension eligible heading into next season. How much do you think about how, for lack of a better phrase, this is money time for NBA players who are eligible for new contracts? And your production in these playoffs has been hard to ignore. Do you think about the contract at all, or you just locked in on what you're trying to do on a day-to-day basis? KH: No, it's one of those things I know it's, you know that's the type of stuff that happens end of the summer going into next year. I mean, there's so much that can happen in the NBA and the biggest thing they say in the NBA is everybody has short-term memory. Most of the time they remember the last thing you did. So we still have this series to go. Hopefully, we have another series after this where we got to still put on and compete and play at a high level. So for me, I'm not worried about that yet.
December 4, 2021 | 8:41 pm EST Update
Sean Highkin: Chauncey Billups, who has interviewed for front-office jobs before, on if he has any interest in being both coach and GM: “I’m just trying to figure this one job out. I’ve got enough on my plate. I’m going to stick to this one job.”