Hawks’ Kevin Huerter on ‘life-changing’ new contract: ‘Even $1 million is a lot of money’

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Kevin Huerter, along with other members of the 2018 NBA Draft class (though notably not DeAndre Ayton, former first overall of the Phoenix Suns), agreed to a long-term deal ahead of Monday’s 6 PM ET deadline, staying with the Hawks on a four-year, $65-million extension. A huge contributor during Atlanta’s surprise playoff run last summer (he sunk the Sixers with a 27-point eruption in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semis), Huerter may have left money on the table by punting free agency, but the 6’7” guard out of Maryland isn’t sweating it.

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“The NBA does a good job of making $100 million seem like not a lot of money. To the rest of the world, my friends, my peers, my family, even $1 million is a lot of money,” said Huerter, a career 11.2 point-per-game scorer in his three seasons. “I tried to keep that in perspective throughout the whole thing. It’s life-changing money.”