Hawks PG Dennis Schroder could be traded if Atlanta drafts Trae Young
The 2018 NBA Draft is quickly nearing, and the rumor mill is churning out some serious chatter from around the league.
Much of it has surrounded the Atlanta Hawks, who currently hold the third overall pick. They have plenty of options in front of them with reports suggesting that Arizona’s Deandre Ayton and Duke’s Marvin Bagley will go first and second.
According to Zach Klein of WSB in Atlanta, the Hawks are believed to be considering a trade with the L.A. Clippers involving veteran point guard Dennis Schroder in order to make room for Oklahoma’s Trae Young.
If the Hawks do end up drafting Trae Young… look for them to work out a deal and try to package Dennis Schroder to the LA Clippers at #13
— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) June 21, 2018
Over the last couple of seasons, Schroder has developed into the team’s leading scorer after the departure of Paul Millsap, Al Horford, and Dwight Howard. He has struggled with his shot, but he has been the Hawks most dependable scorer that could see him pick up a similar role with the Clippers in the backcourt alongside Lou Williams and Austin Rivers next season.
Meanwhile, Young can step in to take command in the backcourt with his special ability to impact the game behind his scoring and passing. He is coming off a stellar lone season at Oklahoma where he became the first player in NCAA history to finish leading the nation with both 27.4 points and 8.7 assists per contest while also setting the Big 12 record with 811 points scored in conference play.
This rumor is based on another one that has the Hawks taking former Read Madrid swingman Luka Doncic with the third overall pick just to trade him to the Dallas Mavericks for Young. This may set up what could be a wildly entertaining draft process on Thursday night with the Hawks at the center of it all.