The Boston Celtics are still looking for help at point guard, which is why they’re now engaged with free agent Dennis Schroder on a deal, per Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer.
It has been an extremely disappointing free agency for Schroder. He turned down a four-year, $84 million extension from the Los Angeles Lakers during the season, in hopes of getting an even more lucrative deal in free agency. Instead, the market has dried up and the point guard has no deal.
Schroder is coming off an uneven season with the Lakers, including a horrid performance in the first-round series loss against the Phoenix Suns. This is why his market hasn’t been so hot, but the point guard isn’t far removed from the best season of his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
While Schroder isn’t going to get paid what he wants, winding up with the Celtics wouldn’t be a terrible consolation prize. Boston has Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as the centerpieces, with Marcus Smart in place as the starting point guard. Smart has been an important piece for a long time, but an upgrade at point guard would be useful. Whether Schroder would be an upgrade remains to be seen, if he even signs at all.
The Celtics have been somewhat quiet in free agency. They traded Kemba Walker for Al Horford before free agency, and they recently made trades for Josh Richardson and Kris Dunn. Enes Kanter will return to the franchise in a backup center role.
Boston doesn’t have cap space, so either this will have to be a sign-and-trade or an exception will be used.