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Kevin Chouinard: Hawks officially extend Trae. TS: Trae is a special player and person who from Day One, embraced being a leader on the court and in our community. We are excited to have him as the cornerstone of our program long-term as we work toward our goal of bringing a championship to ATL. pic.twitter.com/sgDjtdXvMz
Trae Young: Official. 5 More ATL !! ❤️❄️ ATLANTA IS HOME ‼️ Blessings🙏🏽✍🏽 pic.twitter.com/dpIAQaR1Fq
Sarah K. Spencer: Can confirm that Trae Young and the Hawks have agreed to a max deal. Five years, $207M (that number is if Young makes All-NBA next year; would be around $170M if not).
Adrian Wojnarowski: Atlanta Hawks All-Star G Trae Young has agreed to a five-year, $207 million designated rookie maximum extension, his agent Omar Wilkes of @KlutchSports tells ESPN.
Jeff Schultz: The Hawks and guard Trae Young are expected to finalize terms on a max contract shortly after midnight, a source told @TheAthletic . The NBA technically doesn’t allow extension of rookie deals until after midnight.
Ressler was asked what his views are of max contracts and how he plans on dealing with them when that becomes a conversation in the coming weeks, as both Trae Young and John Collins are going to be in the mix for significant raises.
“Not every player should have a max contract, and great players should and will,” Ressler said. “I still make the argument that you could send two very clear messages, which is we do not expect to be financially constrained and, not or, we fully expect to be reasonably smart in our approach to running the business. If that means we’re committed to fair contracts, please accept me in that category. We are not committed to bad contracts. We are not committed to spending when not appropriate. We are making the clear message that we will not be financially constrained, that we do intend to be investors. When we bought this franchise, we thought there was an enormous opportunity to invest in this franchise, to invest in this community and to build a top-tier franchise. That’s the effort we have made and continues to be our focus.”
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September 27, 2021 | 9:54 am EDT Update
Zach Lowe: Kyrie Irving is not expected to attend Nets media day today due to New York City health and safety protocols but the Nets fully expect Irving to accompany the team to training camp in San Diego, sources tell @WindhorstESPN and I.
Quinton Mayo: Wizards F Rui Hachimura informed the team and coaching staff via text last week that he’d be absent from the beginning of training camp. Hachimura is using the time to address his mental health, per sources.
When asked to address the faction of fans — however small or large it might be — that disagrees with the Thunder’s long-term rebuilding strategy, doesn’t fully understand it, or has already lost patience with it, Presti chuckled. “We’re one season into that,” he said.
“I don’t think Oklahomans expect things to be given to them,” Presti said. “I don’t think they expect things to be handed to them. I never really heard Oklahomans talk about taking the easy way or shortcutting things or not putting in a hard day’s work or not earning what you get.”
September 27, 2021 | 9:36 am EDT Update
Towns received treatment at an area hospital, then quarantined at home for the next few weeks, isolated from friends and family. Basketball had been the closest thing in his life to an outlet. Now, by himself, he had no choice but to confront the pain that followed his mother’s sudden death. “I’ve had a lot of situations this year where things were just too much for me,” Towns says. “I just remember [quarantining] in the house, and it was more than just COVID for me. I felt like I was going through a holistic journey.”