Hawks Exercising Options on Onyeka Okongwu, Jalen Johnson

The Hawks are picking up the team options on center Onyeka Okongwu and power forward Jalen Johnson for 2023-24, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim Bontemps.Onyeka Okongwu

That means the fourth-salary of $8.1 million will be locked in for Okongwu, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. The same goes for the $2.9 million for Johnson, who was drafted 20th overall last year.

Okongwu, 21, is 6-foot-8 and despite some injury issues in each of his first two seasons, could be primed for a larger role. He averaged 8.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 48 games in 2021-22.

Johnson, 20, is 6-9 and appeared in just 22 games last season as a rookie, averaging 2.4 points and 1.2 boards. He very well could see more time this year, Bontemps noted.

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