The Dallas Mavericks are searching for ways to improve their roster ahead of the Feb. 10 trade deadline. They have been linked to a few players already, including Pacers center Myles Turner. The rumors are not slowing down as trade season is just heating up.
Dallas needs another playmaker and offensive creator, but Schroder is in an interesting situation. The Celtics are likely to trade him away to avoid the luxury tax, and the price could be low as his new team will not have Bird rights to re-sign him in the offseason. Here is a look at what makes Schroder’s case unique and why the Mavericks should be interested.
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks eyeing Dennis Schroder
Schroder was a free agent in the 2021 offseason and was searching for a massive payday, but cap space was limited and the money dried up without him landing a $20-plus million per season contract. It left Schroder to sign a one-year deal with the Celtics at $5.9 million, so he could test the free-agent market again this summer.
Inking a one-year deal means there are no Bird rights attached. His current team is also limited in what they can offer him in free agency, so Schroder is likely a couple of month rental before he finds a longer-term deal in the offseason with a new team.
If the Mavericks can pry him away from Boston for a future second-round pick, Dallas should jump at that chance. Schroder is a strong pick and roll creator that would give the Mavs the third playmaker they desire. The 6’3 guard has a score-first mentality and is a below-average defender, but he provides the Mavericks some much-needed talent. Dallas wants to win now, so acquiring a rental that helps him in the playoffs for a minimal cost is a no-brainer.
Will the Dallas Mavericks acquire Dennis Schroder before the trade deadline? Does first-year GM Nico Harrison have a larger move up his sleeve? Trade season is just heating up, so be sure to check back to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest Mavs rumors.