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.