Boston Celtics player No. 1) Dennis Schroder
Though to some, seeing the steal of this year’s free agency period, Dennis Schroder, on this list of surprise players who could be traded may seem… well, surprising, especially considering he hasn’t played a lick of regular-season action for the Boston Celtics.
To others, however, it makes a great deal of sense as to why we see the point guard listed here today and, frankly, our reasoning for why could prove to be quite beneficial for the organization.
Scooped up on a one-year deal this past August, many believed the signing to be one of the best in the entire league as the shamrocks landed a guy who, just two years ago, posted impressive averages of 18.9 points and four assists on 47 percent shooting from the floor and 38.5 percent shooting from deep while also finishing second in the running for the league’s Sixth Man of the Year award.
Even though he may have just had himself a campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers that is widely perceived as underwhelming, he still managed to put up a solid 15.4 points and 5.8 assists per game which, though perhaps not ideal for the defending champion’s starting point guard position, would be an absolute blessing to have coming off the bench for the Cs.
Now, with all this, you’re probably asking yourself: “So why do you believe he could be traded if he could be of such a luxury to Boston?”
Well, frankly we’re under the impression that Schroder will easily outperform his contract this year which, in turn, will make him one of the most interesting players other teams could consider targeting towards the deadline, for he’s a career 14.3 points and 4.7 assists guy on a one-year salary of just $5.9 million.
On top of this, since 2016 he’s managed to become one of only 16 players in the association to register 6,000 points and 1,500 assists.
Should he re-claim his status as a high-end key contributor with the Boston Celtics, it could almost be perceived as foolish to not consider dealing him for other long-term assets for the franchise runs the risk of having him price himself out of their range during next year’s free agency period anyway.
Should his 2019-20 self re-emerge in 2021-22, as odd as it may sound considering how excellent he has proven to be, Brad Stevens and co. must strongly consider flipping him at some point near the deadline.