Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Hawks president Stan Kasten said Monday that the Hawks will tender a qualifying contract offer to restricted free agent point guard Jason Terry as early as today, which will give the team the right to match any offer Terry receives from another team this summer.
Under the NBA's contract structure, the Hawks must offer Terry only a one-year deal at about $2.93 million by June 30. Theys are free to negotiate a more lucrative deal beginning July 1.
If the Hawks don't make the qualifying offer, Terry would become an unrestricted free agent with the freedom to sign with the team of his choice.
Taken with the 10th pick in 1999, Terry has averaged 18.7 points per game in the past three seasons. Last season, he averaged a career-high 7.4 assists per game. Terry has been adamant about wanting to return to the Hawks.
Kasten said a decision on the Hawks' other restricted free agent, Dion Glover, "has a couple of elements involved." Glover ,the 20th pick of the 1999, had somewhat of a breakout season, overcoming injuries to start a career-high 42 games and average 9.7 points per game.