Plan B free agent option for Dallas Mavericks: 6. Dennis Schroder
The Lakers trading for Russell Westbrook on draft night shifted Schroder’s market significantly. The 6’3 point guard turned down a four-year deal worth $84 million during last season, and he reportedly is seeking over $100 million in free agency. Los Angeles figured to be willing to pay to retain him, but that is not happening with Westbrook on the Lakers. They could seek a sign-and-trade, but Los Angeles must stay under the hard cap.
If the Lakers are moving on, where does that leave Schroder’s market? The free-agent crop is flush with point guards. Schroder is a tier below Kyle Lowry, Chris Paul, and Mike Conley. He figures to have to wait for them to sign before landing a deal, and Dallas could pivot to Schroder if they miss out on Lowry.
The 27-year-old averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.1 steals in 32.1 minutes per game last season. He is a below-league-average shooter, but the 6’3 guard can handle the ball and make plays. Schroder performed well playing to Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in Oklahoma City during the 2019-2020 season. He could make a massive impact playing off Luka Doncic too.
Dennis Schroder is not the perfect fit, but he would give the Dallas Mavericks another ball-handler and playmaker that is in his prime. He is a logical Plan B target for Nico Harrison and the Mavs front office.
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