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Atlanta Hawks, Trae Young agree to max extension

Jun 27, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) controls the ball against Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) during the second half during game three of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 27, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) controls the ball against Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) during the second half during game three of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Trae Young, whose star rose while leading the Hawks to the Eastern Conference finals, will be staying in Atlanta for the long haul.

The 22-year-old guard agreed to a maximum extension on his rookie contract, ESPN reported Monday: five years for $207 million.

Klutch Sports agent Omar Wilkes confirmed the deal to ESPN.

Young averaged 28.8 points, 9.5 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game during the Hawks’ playoff run. Atlanta knocked out the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers before falling in six games to the eventual NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks.

In the first game of the Eastern Conference finals, Young put up 48 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds as Atlanta won 116-113. However, the Hawks dropped four of the next five games, including two that Young sat out due to a foot/ankle injury.

During the regular season, Young averaged 25.3 points, a career-high 9.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 63 games, all starts. In his three-year NBA career. He is producing 24.1 points, 8.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds per contest.

He was selected fifth overall out of Oklahoma in the 2018 draft by the Dallas Mavericks but was immediately dealt to Atlanta along with a 2019 first-round pick in exchange for Luka Doncic.

–Field Level Media