Hawks, Vit Krejci Agree to Four-Year, $10M Deal

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Atlanta Hawks, Vit Krejci Agree to Four-Year, $10M Deal

The Atlanta Hawks and free agent guard Vit Krejci have agreed on a four-year, $10 million deal, his agents Alex Saratsis and Phillip Parun of Octagon Basketball announced Wednesday. According to Spotrac, this is Krejci’s largest NBA contract of his three-year career.

Oklahoma City Thunder traded Vit Krejci to the Atlanta Hawks in September 2022 for Maurice Harkless, draft considerations

Krejci, 24, was selected 37th overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2020 NBA draft. However, the 6-foot-8 guard was then traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

During his rookie 2021-22 NBA season, he made eight starts in 30 appearances with the Thunder. Krejci averaged career highs of 6.2 points and 3.4 rebounds, along with 1.9 assists and 23 minutes per game.

Plus, he shot 40.7% from the floor, 32.7% from 3-point range, and a career-best 86.4% at the free throw line.

In OKC’s 138-88 regular-season finale loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on April 10, 2022, the guard recorded a then-career-high 16 points, three rebounds, and two assists in 41 minutes as a starter.

Krejci was traded to Atlanta in September 2022 for Maurice Harkless and draft considerations. In the 2021-22 season, he made 29 appearances off the bench, averaging career lows of just 1.2 points and 5.7 minutes per game.

Atlanta waived Krejci in August 2023 before signing him to a two-way contract in December.

Krejci had a $1.83 million non-guaranteed salary for the 2023-24 season. This was part of the four-year, $6.31 million deal he signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder in September 2021.

Krejci played for the Iowa Wolves, College Park Skyhawks last season

In the 2022-23 season, he played for the College Park Skyhawks, Atlanta’s G League affiliate.

Additionally, Krejci played for the Iowa Wolves, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ G League affiliate, in the 2023-24 season before rejoining the Skyhawks and Hawks.

Last NBA season in 22 games (14 starts), Krejci averaged 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds, in addition to a career-high 2.3 assists and 24.6 minutes per game. He also shot career bests of 49% from the field and 41.2% from deep.

In Atlanta’s 115-114 loss against the Charlotte Hornets on April 10, 2024, he notched a career-high 19 points on 8-of-14 (57.1%) shooting from the floor and 3-of-8 (37.5%) from beyond the arc.

“I was just really glad that I got the opportunity to play,” Krejci said during last season’s exit interview. “That’s all I really wanted to do, just get back out there and just show that I can play basketball.

“I’m really glad for the opportunity that I was presented, and I just enjoyed every moment on the court. … I’m happy where [the Hawks] are at right now, where I’m at right now.

“Each and every game I felt better and better and more comfortable.”

On April 1, Krejci also drained all six 3-point attempts against the Chicago Bulls.