Ex-Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder has been busy in the offseason. He put out a tweet saying that he wanted to run it back with the Los Angeles Lakers and their superstar LeBron James. He also wanted to take Germany deep into the EuroBasket tournament.
It is safe to say that Schroder has accomplished the goals that he set for himself this offseason. He and Franz Wagner took Germany to within one game of the EuroBasket final. This is impressive given that the Germans were ranked outside the top 10 in the world at the start of the tournament.
His play was certainly enough to warrant the attention of most NBA scouts. there is a good chance he will be the EuroBasket MVP. It has been enough to have the Lakers offer him a one-year, 2.64 million deal per Shams of the Athletic.
Ex-Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder signed on with the Los Angeles Lakers.
This is an interesting move for the Lakers who have a large number of guards on contract. They have Patrick Beverley, Russell Westbrook, and Kendrick Nunn who are all capable point guards. They also have Scotty Pippen jr. on a two-way day and Lonnie Walker who can play the point.
The problem with half of this group is that they struggle to space the floor. Westbrook and Beverley are both talented in other areas but 3-point shooting is not one of their strengths. This is where Schroder comes in.
Not only does he have a better shooting stroke but he is able to break down defenses with his quickness which allows him to create for himself and others. However, what this move does say is that the Lakers are still looking to make more moves prior to the trade deadline.
The smart money would say that the Lakers are looking to ship Westbrook and his contract off to the highest bidder, well any bidder really. They are well above the luxury tax line and looking extremely unlikely to even be a playoff contender, let alone a championship.
Watch this space to see how they try and turn the struggle that is their roster currently into a competitive outfit.