Magic Johnson reacts to Lakers trading for Dennis Schroder
The Los Angeles Lakers have succeeded in adding another high-caliber player to their roster: Dennis Schroder. While the deal can’t be finalized until Monday, Laker legend Magic Johnson is celebrating early after the news broke of Schroder heading to LA.
Lakers GM Rob Pelinka pulled off an awesome trade to acquire G Dennis Schroder who averages 18.9 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists from OKC. @Lakers fans, this trade puts us in a position to repeat!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 15, 2020
The Lakers made headlines on Sunday after it was reported that they’d moved into serious talks with the Oklahoma City Thunder to obtain Schroder’s services. The 6-foot-1 guard is coming off one of his better seasons of his career, averaging 18.9 points along with four assists last season. In exchange, the Thunder will reportedly obtain Danny Green along with the No.28 pick in this year’s draft.
While Johnson is no longer a part of the Lakers’ front office decisions, he often takes to his social media to rejoice in the Lakers’ accomplishments, especially after they won their 17th franchise championship last season.
Meanwhile, the Lakers were able to address a heavy topic on their roster at the guard position while also clearing Green off of their books as expected. Green had become a stale portion of their offense in the playoffs, which ultimately sealed his fate coming into the offseason.
Schroder, 27, is entering his eighth season in the league. He’s a capable knock-down shooter that can also penetrate the paint with his crafty finishes around the rim. He’ll also address the void of playmaking, which the Lakers were able to find with Rajon Rondo, though Rondo didn’t pan out as the go-to scorer that Schroder is capable of being.
The Lakers will likely continue to make some additional moves in the short window timeframe that each team has for this accelerated offseason.