Dennis Schroder traded to Lakers days after claiming he didn’t want to go there
The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly agreed in principle on a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder that will bring Dennis Schroder to Hollywood. The Lakers will be sending Danny Green and the No. 28 pick to OKC.
This news comes days after Schroder told the MagentaSport podcast looked down on a potential move to the Lakers:
“Yes, I have received offers,” Schroder said, via Clips Nation. “But I never wanted to go to the Lakers, the Clippers, or all the names that my agents have called.”
The Lakers have been looking to add playmaking from the guard position since before the 2019-20 trade deadline. They never struck a deal, but the uptick in play from Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the playoffs helped them win a title in the bubble.
Schroder is due $15.5 million in 2020-21 — the final year of a four-year deal. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
In 65 games this past season, Schroder was one of the most effective sixth men in basketball. He averaged 18.9 points per game on 46.9 percent shooting (38.5 percent from 3-land) and brought his typical grittiness on both ends to the Thunder.
Lakers GM Rob Pelinka certainly isn’t done making moves in an attempt to bolster the roster for their title defense. With Green leaving as part of this trade, Los Angeles will be looking for a replacement on the wing. The Lakers will likely also be on the lookout for help in the frontcourt.
The league’s official trade moratorium ends on Monday, and we could see a slew of deals as the condensed and delayed offseason begins.