Huerter was part of the Hawks’ young core, along with Trae Young, John Collins and De’Andre Hunter. He helped the Hawks advance to the Eastern Conference finals in 2020-21 and through the play-in tournament and into the first round of the playoffs last season. He had many standout games for the Hawks, perhaps most notably a 27-point game against the 76ers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals in 2021.
“I’m still working on my game inside the 3-point line,” Huerter said in an exit interview following the season. “A goal of mine is to shoot 40% from 3. I got close to that. I got hot at the end of the year and almost got that bench mark. That will be a goal of mine going into next year.
“A lot for me is our team success. You think about the year we had two years ago and what we were able to do, and now it’s how can we get back to that and how can we have that feeling again, that juice, compete at a high level and compete against the best teams. The East got a lot better this year, and I think, as a team, we have to get a lot better, too.”
The Hawks traded for All-Star guard Dejounte Murray on Wednesday, which made for an even more crowded backcourt. Both owner Tony Ressler and vice president of basketball operations Travis Schlenk said the Hawks made a mistake by keeping the roster largely intact before going into last season. After the disappointing finish, it’s clear they intend to remake the roster before next season.
When asked about the deals they executed Friday, the Hawks declined to comment on them until a later date.