The Atlanta Hawks have two top-30 free agents in the 2022 class

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According to Bleacher Report scribe Andy Bailey the Atlanta Hawks have two free agents in the top-30 in the 2022 edition of free agency. Thanks to the Hawks and Trae Young agreeing to a four-year, $180 million rookie extension, he is now off the table. That could of course rise to $207 million if he makes an All-NBA team.

This means that the two free agents are Delon Wright and Kevin Huerter. Wright has been a quiet achiever in his time in the league, averaging 7.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.1 steals in 21.3 minutes per game.

He is also reasonably efficient, shooting the ball at 45.3 percent from the floor, 35.0 percent from beyond the arc, and 79.2 percent from the charity stripe. All of these numbers have been trending upwards over the past few seasons and this is why B/R has him ranked 28th in the free agency class.

The Atlanta Hawks can still take Kevin Huerter out of the 2022 free agency market.

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The Hawks can still offer Huerter his rookie extension which would take the 21st ranked free agent off the market. If they do not do this then there are a heap of teams out there who are looking for a Huerter kind of player.

He is a tremendous mix of playmaking, shooting, and defense. He has the ability to play multiple positions and gives the team what it needs when it needs it. The Hawks relied on Huerter so much last season.

Huerter is only 23 years old and still has a tremendous upside which on a different team might be explored differently. However, while he remains with the Hawks he is going to be a role player from the bench, stepping into the starting roles as required.

It will be interesting to see what the Hawks do with these two players at the end of the season. A lot of it will depend on where the Hawks finish and what tweaks if any, they need to make to their roster.

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