It was reported on Monday that he had agreed to a contract extension that will be worth $95 million over four years.
At the 6 PM ET buzzer: Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter has agreed on a four-year, $95 million contract extension, his agents Thad Foucher and Joe Smith of @Wassbasketball tell ESPN. pic.twitter.com/mDm6hZTosm
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 18, 2022
This extension will take effect next season once his current rookie contract expires.
There are some NBA fans who don’t think Hunter is worth that much money.
They gave De’Andre Hunter the Mikal Bridges contract?
I know the athletic 3&D wing is impossible to find, but 4/$90m is a lot for a guy who missed 88 games the last two seasons
— Lucas Burns (@nba_indepth) October 18, 2022
..and now De'Andre Hunter. This one confuses me
— Barvado (@Barvado_3000) October 18, 2022
But others are both happy and hopeful for the 24-year-old.
If De’Andre Hunter stays healthy, I think he has a great chance to outplay his extension. I may like him more long term than both Herro and Poole if he can stay on the floor. I hope he still has an opportunity to operate offensively next to Trae & Dejounte
— Rohan Nadkarni (@RohanNadkarni) October 18, 2022
I mean it’s not awful if he can stay healthy
— De’Andre Hunters Burner (@drehunterburner) October 18, 2022
Hunter was drafted with the No. 4 selection in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, who subsequently traded him to the New Orleans Pelicans in the Anthony Davis deal.
New Orleans then sent him to the Hawks just one day later.
Hunter has been somewhat injury-prone in his three NBA seasons, as he has appeared in just 23 and 53 games in the last two years.
But at the same time, he has shown some improvement in his outside shooting.
Last year, he made 37.9 percent of his 3-point attempts, a major increase over his 32.6 percent accuracy the previous season.
At 6-foot-8, he has the potential to become a good defender, especially since he boasts an impressive 7-foot-2 wingspan, and he can play both the small forward and power forward positions.
The continued development of Hunter will be key in how high the Hawks can fly over the next few years, as they need a more productive backcourt in order to sufficiently compete with Eastern Conference heavyweights such as the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers.