Thunder plan to keep and use Dennis Schroder
The deal that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Atlanta Hawks and Dennis Schroder to the Oklahoma City Thunder was motivated by dollars and cents. The Thunder were looking to get out of Melo’s deal and the Hawks were doing the same with Schroder.
While Atlanta is likely to buy out Anthony, the Thunder are planning to keep and use Schroder, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
“Schroder comes to the Thunder for a desired need: another fast, playmaking point guard for a revved-up bench behind All-Star guard Russell Westbrook. OKC general manager Sam Presti and coach Billy Donovan were given permission to speak with Schroder before the agreement, and the three of them discussed his role with Oklahoma City.”
Schroder certainly brings value to the table for Billy Donovan and the Thunder with his high energy and playmaking ability. He’ll take on a lesser role in Oklahoma City, but he should thrive off the bench. Schroder averaged a career-high mark of 19.4 points last season. He also chipped in 6.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game.
It will be difficult to play Schroder with Russell Westbrook. Both are ball-dominant guards that need the rock in order to be successful. But the young German could try to adapt his style of play to see more minutes because there’s no way Westbrook changes his game to accommodate Schroder.
The five-year veteran is signed through the 2020-21 season. If Oklahoma City can’t figure out a way to make it work, they may be looking to eventually deal the point guard.