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Dennis Schröder says he requested trade from Hawks because OKC has a ‘winning-mentality’

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Some NBA players become upset when they learn that they’ve been traded. However, when Dennis Schröder found out that the Atlanta Hawks were sending him to the Oklahoma City Thunder, he was perfectly fine with it.

Following Tuesday morning’s shootaround, Schröder commented on his move to OKC, where he has become a key member of the rotation. With the Hawks, though, he was mired in the tracks of a tank. Not surprisingly, the German-born ball-handler says he was happy to join a winning organization.

“Did the trade surprise you at all?” A reporter asked Schröder.

“Not really,” Schröder replied. “I wanted to find a different situation. It wasn’t heading the right way (in Atlanta). I appreciate everything they did for me over the last five years, but their situation, with me in my sixth year, wasn’t the right one for me.

“I want to be in a winning mentality organization,” Schröder added. “(I) just can’t go out there and try to lose. I’m a competitor, and I just try to give everything out there. I want the organization to feel the same way. Right now with (the Thunder), it’s like all of the players and coaches have a winning mentality. That’s what makes it fun, when you go out there and go to war with your brothers. There is nothing better than that.”

Schröder has made 41 appearances with the Thunder this season (10 starts), racking up averages of 15.3 points on 40.9 percent shooting from the field (31.1 percent from beyond the arc). He also has totaled 4.4 assists, 3.7 rebounds and one steal in 29.2 minutes per outing.

The Thunder have played their way to a 26-16 overall record through the first half of this season, which is good for the No. 2 spot in the Northwest Division standings. The Hawks, on the other hand, are currently 13-30 and 5th in the Southeast. The two teams will meet inside State Farm Arena on Monday night. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. EST.