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Look: Trae Young Reacts To Kevin Huerter Contract News

Trae Young high fives Kevin Huerter during a Hawks game.

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 10: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks high fives Kevin Huerter #3 of the Atlanta Hawks during a game between the Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on May 10, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 Casey Sykes/Getty Images)

Swingman Kevin Huerter inked a new contract with the Atlanta Hawks less than an hour before the deadline to do so on Monday evening. Now, he's locked up for a long-term future with the franchise.

Huerter, 23, agreed to a four-year, $65 million rookie contract extension on Monday, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal will pay him upwards of $16 million a year and keep him in Atlanta through the 2025-26 season.

Huerter became the fourth member of the Hawks' young core to sign a new deal with the organization this offseason. All-Star point guard Trae Young, versatile big man John Collins and center Clint Capela all agreed to new contracts this summer before the start of the 2021-22 campaign.

Young, who's paired well with Huerter in the backcourt since they both came into the league together in 2018, was among those excited to see his teammate get paid on Monday. He took to

Hi Kevin👋🏽🤑 …💰

— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) October 18, 2021

">Twitter to celebrate Huerter's new deal.

Huerter proved to be a pivotal piece of the puzzle for the Hawks during last year's run to the Eastern Conference Finals. The 23-year-old was just one of Atlanta's numerous talented wings that gave the team a spark during the postseason.

Huerter averaged 11.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game during the playoffs, while shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc. He put up similar numbers during the regular season and shot the ball even better from deep in just over 30 minutes per game.

With a new deal in place, Huerter can suit up for the Hawks regular season opener this week with a major burden lifted. He'll join a group of De'Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish and Bogdan Bogdanovic out on the wing that will all look to compliment Young's brilliance in the backcourt.

The Hawks will tip off their 2021-22 regular season on Thursday, Oct. 21 against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.