It’s becoming rather clear that Dennis Schroder did the Los Angeles Lakers a solid by turning down a four-year, $84 million contract extension offer this past spring.
Schroder, 27, wasn’t great in his first season with the Lakers. The Germany native averaged 15.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists while shooting 44% from the field. He also struggled during the Lakers’ first-round series loss to the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Playoffs.
With Schroder set to hit free agency, reports indicate that the Los Angeles Lakers could actually get some value for him in a sign-and-trade. For his part, the veteran point guard is seeking between $100 and $120 million on a four-year deal this summer. He’s also received interest from multiple teams. It’s in this that we look at three sign-and-trade scenarios that could help the Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers trade Dennis Schroder to the Dallas Mavericks
Lakers get: Josh Richardson, Jalen Brunson, Trey Burke
Mavericks get: Dennis Schroder
We already know that Dallas is looking for a better supporting cast behind Luka Doncic. It might also help the MVP candidate if his usage rate weren’t so high, meaning playing a bit more off-ball than we’ve seen throughout his first three NBA seasons. From Dallas’ perspective, acquiring Schroder in a sign-and-trade would be huge. It would still enable the team to potentially bring in another impact player in free agency with north of $20 million to spend under the NBA salary cap.
From Los Angeles’ perspective, this would be all about building more depth behind Anthony Davis and LeBron James. It would still potentially be able to add a starter-caliber point guard using the mid-level exception during free agency. Richardson is seen as a three-and-D wing with an ability to hit the perimeter shot. Brunson played extremely well as a third-year player this past season, averaging 12.6 points on 52% shooting from the field. Burke would be depth.