New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) takes his steal up the floor as Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) follows during the second half of an exhibition basketball game, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Atlanta. The Pelicans won 133-109. (Special/John Amis)
Photo: John Amis
Photo: John Amis

Hawks pick up contract options for Collins, Young and Huerter

The Hawks announced Saturday morning they are picking up the fourth-year option on John Collins’ contract and the third-year option on Trae Young and Kevin Huerter’s contracts.

All are through the 2020-21 season.

Collins, Young and Huerter make up the bulk of the young core the team is building around, with all three coming off strong seasons during the Hawks’ rebuilding process. 

Collins averaged a team-high 19.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game last year, Young added 19.1 points, 8.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds, unanimously selected to the All-Rookie first team selection and Huerter was named to the All-Rookie second team (9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists per game), establishing himself as a perimeter shooting threat.

The Hawks also announced the signing of 6-foot-9 forward Mark Ogden, who played two years at Grossmont College then transferred to Dixie State and played overseas for the past three seasons. 

This is probably so the Hawks can secure his G League rights, so it’s not likely you’ll see Ogden on the opening-night roster.

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