This past off season, the Atlanta Hawks had some big decisions to make. Among them was the future of their point guard position: would they keep Jeff Teague or try and secure young star Dennis Schroder for the long term?
Ultimately, the team traded Teague to his hometown team, the Indiana Pacers. And now they’ve finally finished the job by signing Schroder to a 4 year, $70 million contract.
ESPN sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and I that Hawks guard Dennis Schroder has landed a four-year, $70 million extension today
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 26, 2016
With Paul Milsap heading into contract negotiations next season, the Hawks were smart to sign Dennis before the October 31st deadline. If they hadn’t, he’d have entered restricted free agency, allowing other teams to force a bidding war that would have been a nightmare for the Hawks to deal with while also trying to negotiate with Milsap.
Schroder is only 23 and already shows great skill and promise of more to come. He’s phenomenal at weaving through opposing defenses, and has one of the best transition games around. He mostly came off the bench last season, so he’ll be looking to make his mark with a bigger role this year.