Schroder signs extension; good or bad?

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 18: Dennis Schroder #17 of the Atlanta Hawks looks on during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 18, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Hawks signed Dennis Schroder to a four-year, $70 million contract extension Wednesday. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Anything to talk about?

The Hawks signed Dennis Schroder to a four-year, $70 million contract extension on Wednesday, locking up the young point guard who will begin his first season as a starter.

There are two arguments to make:

1. Schroder has a high ceiling and the Hawks have full confidence that he will be able to handle the duties of a starting point guard in the NBA. In signing him to a contract with an average salary of $15.5 million, they get a bargain down the line for a starting point guard in the NBA. Jeff Teague was going to command $20 million or more per season when he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season.

2. Schroder is unproven and the Hawks paid big money for a player that has never been a regular starter in the league. He is prone to turnovers. The Hawks should have let Schroder play out the season, prove he could be a starter and match an offer as a restricted free agent should one come along. If no offer, they had a qualifying offer of $3.8 million.

What do you think?


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