It seems like Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder is not willing to be part of the rebuilding process in Atlanta. At a press conference in Germany, Schroeder announced that he will be talking to the Hawks GM and owner about the future of the organization, exclaiming that he “cannot be second to last in the Eastern Conference” during the prime of his career. Schroder also mentioned the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks as teams that he would like to play on. He said that they are two teams he has friends on that are headed in the right direction as a franchise. This has many wondering about Schroder’s future in Atlanta, as well as Dennis Schroder‘s trade value in the NBA.
In only his 5th NBA season, Schroder averaged a team-high 19.4 points per game and 6.2 assists as the main playmaker for the Hawks. He did so while only being 24 years old and there is a possibility that he will have many suitors this off-season.
A couple things that hurt Schroder’s trade value are his contract and his lack of progression over his first few seasons. Schroder is owed $46.5 million over the course of the next three seasons, a steep price for contenders trying to add more pieces to their puzzle. If the Schroder experiment does not work after being traded, his contract could burden his new team for a few years.
Also, despite averaging a career-high in points this past year, his season was still a thought of as a disappointment since he was supposed to be the go-to-guy in Atlanta. His shooting percentage from the field dropped from the year before and he shot under 30% from behind the 3-point line, also making him a potential liability as a shooter.
Still, Schroder could be a valuable asset. He is young and a very crafty ball handler, something many teams are after these days. The biggest problem for Schroder will be finding a team willing to take on his contract knowing that he still needs to improve his game to be the kind of player he thinks he is.
What Kind of Teams Should Be Interested in Schroder?
While Schroder said he would like to play on the Pacers and the Bucks, neither of those teams probably have much interest in him. Indiana has a talented starting backcourt in Darren Collison and Victor Oladipo, as well as having solid backup guards in Cory Joseph and Lance Stephenson. Milwaukee also has an abundance of good guards in Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, and Tony Snell. Despite his interest, Schroder may want to look elsewhere to be traded to.
If Schroder is serious about wanting to play for a better team, he might have to be willing to take a role off the bench. Teams like the New Orleans Pelicans, Denver Nuggets, and Miami Heat all have solid point guards but could use a playmaker off the bench. Schroder is young and talented with a lot of upside but if he is not wanting to develop into a star on the rebuilding Hawks, he is going to have to take a different role on a contending team.
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