Case against the Dallas Mavericks trading for Dennis Schroder
Head coach Jason Kidd wants the Mavericks to be a better defensive team. He knows they need to be if they plan on being true championship contenders. So far, there have been incremental improvements on that end of the floor, but trading for Schroder is not going to enhance their defense. The 6’3 guard creates turnovers, but he is far from a lockdown option on the perimeter.
The cost is going to matter too. The Mavericks are going to be over the salary cap next summer just like the Celtics, so both teams will only be able to keep him for the remainder of the season after Schroder signed a one-year deal last offseason. There are no Bird rights attached, so the maximum a team over the cap can offer is 120 percent of his current $5.9 million salary, and Schroder will be looking for a larger payday this offseason.
The Mavs have prioritized shooting in recent years, and Dennis Schroder has a career 3-point percentage of 33.6, and he is shooting just 32.8 percent this season for the Celtics. The 6’3 guard was 36.3 percent on catch and shoot threes last season with the Lakers, but he is far from an elite marksman.
Schroder is not the perfect fit in Dallas, but does that mean the Mavericks should avoid trading for him?