Hawks intend to keep Jeremy Lin, could pave way for Dennis Schroder trade
Jeremy Lin’s arrival in Atlanta via a trade from the Brooklyn Nets should only make Dennis Schroder feel more uncertain about his future with the Hawks.
According to David Aldridge of NBA.com (h/t Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype), the Hawks have no plans of cutting Lin, who has a year left on his guaranteed contract. Lin’s addition to the Hawks gives Atlanta a deep guard slot with him, Schroder, and Trae Young occupying the same position, but it also could mean that Schroder’s days as a Hawk are numbered.
According to @daldridgetnt, the Atlanta Hawks will keep Jeremy Lin after this recent trade. Not to mention, rookie Trae Young is their franchise cornerstone. It seems a Dennis Schroder trade could be coming soon. Schroder was inherited by the new front office AND coaching staff.
The Hawks appear to be in limbo with regards to how they will deal with Schroder. There have been previous reports that Atlanta is shopping the 24-year-old guard, but the interest Schroder is generating in the market has been icy. In other reports, the Hawks come across as a team devoted to keeping the German court general.
Dennis Schroder also has a pending legal issue in relation to a felony battery case last year, which is also probably giving teams a cause to pause in drawing up plans to acquire him from the Hawks.
Schroder has two more years left on his current contract. He will earn $15.5 million in each of the next two seasons before becoming a free agent in the summer of 2021. Those are reasonable salaries for a young and still-improving point guard, but Schroder’s reputation as a problem kid off the court seems to be damaging his brand.
For Jeremy Lin, one year with the Hawks, provided he can stay healthy, could bring his value up in next year’s free agency.