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Knicks targeting Lakers guard Dennis Schroder in free agency?

Dennis Schroder

The New York Knicks have a void at point guard that could get even bigger after the season, and Dennis Schroder is one player to keep an eye on as they look to address that need.

Schroder is one of the players the Knicks will consider signing in free agency this summer, SNY’s Ian Begley reports.

New York is already in need of a consistent starting point guard, and Elfrid Payton, Derrick Rose and Frank Ntilikina are all set to become free agents after the season. As Begley notes, the Knicks are expected to have roughly $50 million in salary cap space, so they should be in position to sign a player like Schroder.

Schroder is looking for a hefty contract, which became evident when the Los Angeles Lakers tried to sign him to an extension last month. There were reports that Schroder turned down a four-year offer from the Lakers that was worth more than $80 million. He appeared to play hardball with them in negotiations.

Obviously, Schroder is confident that he can get a deal worth more than $20 million per year in free agency. The 27-year-old probably isn’t wrong about that, as he is averaging 15.4 points per game this season and has been a solid starter for the defending champion Lakers.

We know of at least one top point guard the Knicks were interested in at the trade deadline, so they are obviously planning to address the need. How aggressive they are in their pursuit of Schroder will likely depend upon how head coach Tom Thibodeau views the fit.

Referees explain why Kyrie Irving, Dennis Schroder were ejected

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Kyrie Irving and Dennis Schroder on Saturday were ejected for what was believed to be the first time in each of their careers. So what transpired that led to their ejections? Many were wondering that.

The ejection took place early in the third quarter of Saturday’s game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, which was missing many star players.

Irving and Schroder began arguing over foul calls and got face-to-face with each other, which led to them getting technical fouls. Then, Irving was assessed a second technical foul for taunting. Schroder got a second as well for taunting Irving by waving at the Brooklyn guard after the ejection.

The referees talked with reporters after the game to explain what led to the ejections.

Irving did not speak with reporters after the game, unsurprisingly. Schroder did and said he apologized to his teammates for getting tossed. Schroder was also unsure why he was actually ejected.

The Lakers still smashed the Nets 126-101 even though they were playing without LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Newcomers Ben McLemore and Andre Drummond had big games for the Lakers.

Dennis Schroder hardballing Lakers in contract extension talks?

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Dennis Schroder and the Los Angeles Lakers appear to be in quite the staring contest over his contract situation.

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported Tuesday that the Lakers guard turned down extension offers from the team in the range of four years and $80 million. Steins adds that the Lakers considered trading Schroder at the deadline due to the gap in their contract talks. No trade ultimately materialized however, and Schroder will be a free agent after the season.

This seems to be a bit of hardballing on Schroder’s part. The Lakers traded for him last offseason. That means that they also acquired Schroder’s Bird rights, which allow them to go over the salary cap to re-sign him. It also means that it will be difficult for the Lakers to replace Schroder if he leaves.

The 27-year-old Schroder has held down the Lakers’ backcourt this season as a full-time starter. But his averages of 15.4 points and 4.9 assists per game still mark a regression from his peak production of years past.

We recently heard that the Lakers are willing to spend big to keep Schroder. This may be a case of him leveraging his position in order to secure the bag.

Dennis Schroder calls out Rajon Rondo over silly play

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Dennis Schroder called out Rajon Rondo on Saturday over a silly play the Atlanta Hawks guard made.

Rondo got a technical foul for pressing the ball against Schroder’s head in the third quarter. Rondo made the move after a physical exchange when he was trying to back Schroder down. Rondo gave Schroder an elbow and then bumped into him.

Schroder was called for a personal foul, while Rondo got the tech.

After the game, Schroder called out Rondo. He said that the Hawks point guard’s move was “not basketball” and “not competing.”

Rondo can definitely be a head case at times, and Schroder is right. That’s not basketball and that’s not competing. It’s Rondo being a troll like he’s done this season and during his career.

Lakers prepared to pay big money to keep Schroder, Caruso?

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The Los Angeles Lakers might not be especially active adding players ahead of the trade deadline because they have the offseason in mind.

Adrian Wojnarowski talked about the Lakers an episode of “The Woj Pod” published on Thursday. The subject came up when discussing whether the Lakers would add Andre Drummond if he gets bought out.

“The Lakers are looking a little bit down the road,” Woj said around 27:30 in the episode. “Dennis Schroder, they’ve got to pay him this offseason. It’s going to cost them well over $20 million a year to keep him. Alex Caruso, they’re going to want to pay and keep him.”

Woj also said Talen Horton-Tucker could be a starter for them. He believes the Lakers will try to free up some future money in order to keep Schroder, Caruso and Horton-Tucker.

The Lakers are going to need to create money to keep all the players. In addition to the more than $20 million Schroder will make, Caruso is also expected to get nearly $10 million.

Video: Dennis Schroder confronts Steph Curry over foul call

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Things got a little bit testy during Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors.

Things started when Stephen Curry caught Schroder on a pump fake and drew a foul on a three-point attempt. Schroder first complained to the referee, then went straight to Curry, angrily mimicked his shooting form, and actually had to be pulled away from the Warriors guard.

Schroder appeared upset because Curry leaned into him, leading with an elbow to draw the foul. If anything, the call should have gone against Curry, so Schroder was upset with both the foul and the elbow. Lakers coach Frank Vogel did challenge the call, but it was upheld.

Schroder’s frustration is understandable, as it seems Curry got away with one. That said, Schroder has pulled moves like this before, so he should probably know the score.

Dennis Schroder does not want to come off bench for Lakers

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Dennis Schroder was an elite NBA sixth man last season, but now he has his eyes on a bigger prize with his new team.

The Los Angeles Lakers guard told reporters on Monday that he would like to start for the team next season, not come off the bench.

“I did this off the bench stuff already the last two years in OKC,” Schroder said, per Bill Oram of The Athletic. “I think with LeBron [James] and AD [Anthony Davis], I can be helpful as a starter in the PG position.”

The Lakers acquired Schroder in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this month. He averaged 18.9 points and 4.0 assists per game off the bench last season, finishing in second place for Sixth Man of the Year.

While LeBron James is the de facto point guard, the Lakers lost both halves of their starting backcourt last regular season in Avery Bradley and Danny Green. Schroder can thrive as a complementary ball-handler though, often sharing the floor in three-guard lineups with Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for the Thunder. That being said, Schroder may not be the only new addition in the Lakers’ starting five next season.

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Grading the Lakers’ trade for Dennis Schroder from the Thunder

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The Los Angeles Lakers took a massive stride forward in their quest to repeat as NBA champions after agreeing to acquire Dennis Schroder from the Oklahoma City Thunder. A lightning-quick point-guard with the ability to stop on a dime and effortlessly elevate into his vastly improved jumper, Schroder has become one of the premier sparkplug scoring options in the NBA.

As Sam Presti and the Thunder look to stockpile future first-round picks, the return package of the 28th pick in this year’s notoriously weak draft class (Jaden McDaniels) plus the shell of Danny Green could be considered light for one of the best sixth men in the NBA. For Oklahoma City, the trade represents the seemingly long-overdue start to the rebuild many felt was inevitable after trading Russell Westbrook and Paul George last offseason. With just one year remaining on his contract, Green is an obvious candidate to be a part of a future deal as the Thunder continue to amass future assets.

Biggest Winner: Dennis Schroder

After playing the best basketball of his life this season with the Thunder, Schroder now has the chance to continue to redefine his narrative while playing on the biggest stage of his career. Once perceived as a player capable of putting up gaudy individual statistics without enhancing his team’s chance at winning, Schroder rounded out his game and became a far more balanced player this year. This improvement was due to his commitment to the defensive end of the court, while also exercising better judgment on his shot selection offensively.

Despite mid-range shots falling out of vogue around the league due to the rise of the analytic movement, Schroder and the Thunder proved there’s still tremendous value to be had in such shots. As a team, Oklahoma City shot the highest percentage on mid-range jumpers this season at 46.9 percent. Their 464 made representing the fifth-highest total in the league. Schroder finished in the 97th percentile for guards on long mid-range jumpers attempted (jump shots taken past the free-throw line but in front of the 3-point line) while converting on a very efficient 46.8 percent of them.

For as good as Schroder was offensively this season, his improvements as a defender were arguably more paramount for his progression as a player. Despite only standing 6-foot-1, Schroder was frequently utilized to guard larger players thanks to his 6-foot-8 wingspan. One of the best plays from Schroder’s season perfectly highlights that newfound defensive intensity.

Schroder started that play on Marcus Smart, but once he saw Kemba Walker turn back towards his own baseline, he immediately brought the double team. In an instant, Walker found himself in a position no ball-handler wants to be in, trapped between Schroder and Chris Paul. Schroder then relied on his long-reach to cleanly swipe the ball from Walker and glide in for the easy game-sealing lay-up.

Oklahoma City displayed an uncanny ability to win seemingly impossible games all season, with Schroder’s fingerprints all over some of the team’s most memorable plays. With a sixth-man extraordinaire capable of delivering moments like the play below, the defending champs are going to be even tougher next season.

Trade Grades:
Los Angeles Lakers: A
Oklahoma City Thunder: C

Report: Lakers on verge of acquiring Dennis Schroder via trade

Dennis Schroder

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be aggressive in pursuing a veteran to help solidify themselves as the favorite to repeat as NBA champions, and it sounds like their first big move will be acquiring point guard Dennis Schroder.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Sunday that the Lakers are in “advanced talks” with the Oklahoma City Thunder about a trade for Schroder. The deal would likely send Danny Green and the No. 28 overall pick in the draft to OKC.

The NBA has informed teams that the moratorium period will end at noon EST on Monday, meaning trades can begin at that point. Unless something changes, the Lakers-Thunder trade is likely to be finalized then.

Schroder, 27, has improved his defense in recent years and is a quality scorer. He averaged 18.9 points per game with the Thunder last season.

The Lakers are said to have interest in making an even bigger splash on the trade market, but that is unlikely to happen if they trade Green and the No. 28 pick to OKC.

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Dennis Schroder, PJ Tucker fined for Game 5 exchange

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Dennis Schroder and PJ Tucker were ejected from Game 5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder-Houston Rockets series on Saturday, but neither played will be suspended.

The NBA announced on Sunday that both Schroder and Tucker have been fined $25,000. Schroder was trying to fight through a screen in the third quarter when he nailed Tucker in the groin. Tucker was angry over the play and responded with a headbutt.

Tucker would have avoided disciplinary action had he not retaliated. It’s worth noting that Schroder has pulled similar moves in the past, so it’s possible that’s why Tucker was so angry.

The incident was the second time in the series that a Thunder player struck a Rockets player in the groin. Chris Paul also got Ben McLemore in the groin during Game 3, and the Rockets were frustrated over the low blows.

Houston won Saturday’s game 114-80 to take a 3-2 series lead.