With the departure of Kemba Walker, the Boston Celtics are in need of help at point guard. According to a new report, Los Angeles Lakers castoff Dennis Schroder could be in the mix on the other side of that historic NBA rivalry.
Schroder was one of the Lakers’ big offseason acquisitions after they won the NBA Title at the end of the 2020 season. The former Atlanta Hawks and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard was fairly productive for the team in 2020-21, but his play tailed off late in the season and the playoffs.
He is an unrestricted free agent, and the Lakers’ moves make it clear that his future is elsewhere. L.A. traded for Russell Westbrook to play point guard, forming a true “Big Three” with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. They also added a promising young guard in Kendrick Nunn.
Late in 2020-21, Walker was clearly not the same player that the Boston Celtics had acquired, and he was eventually shut down due to a knee injury. While Marcus Smart and Payton Pritchard can man the point guard position, Schroder would be a nice upgrade for the roster. According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, those two sides are in talks.
The Celtics are engaged in conversations to add free agent point guard Dennis Schroder, according to league sources. Talks are still ongoing as Boston looks to address its need at point guard https://t.co/9iZfeY2kqv
— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) August 6, 2021
Dennis Schroder is one of the high profile free agents left available this offseason, especially at the point guard position. During last season, he reportedly turned down a four-year, $84 million deal with L.A., which may wind up being a mistake.
This late in the free agency period, there isn’t a ton of money for teams to throw around. You could see Schroder take a one-year prove-it deal, and try to make the big money he wants next season.
Schroder averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game with the Lakers this year.
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