Just when progress was starting to be a prevailing narrative in the last week, the Atlanta Hawks gave the Boston Celtics the kind of beatdown that once reminds fans that this current Cs roster just isn’t it. The ‘Jays’ were once again the lone bright spots, while Dennis Schroder and Grant Williams were particular sore spots.
Dennis Schroder being so is particularly egregious considering his purpose on this squad: to be a temporary veteran boost that gets this team to the next level. Instead of elevating and improving on what was supposed to be a down-year in 2020-21, the current Celtics look like they could miss the postseason altogether. Luckily the New York Knicks, Washington Wizards, and Indiana Pacers are inept enough to keep Boston in an NBA Play-in spot.
That last sentence is damning. With two stars like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in the lineup, the current product just doesn’t cut it. The 2018 and 2020 Eastern Conference finals runs are growing more distant and still didn’t result in enough success to produce a career-long pledge of loyalty from either star player.
With Schroder being a clear rental, his use is better off elsewhere. Like a contender. Hardwood Houdini has the Golden State Warriors in mind today, so here’s what we’d offer Bob Myers if we had control of Brad Stevens’ neurological functions:
Why the Boston Celtics do it
To facilitate this deal’s two-for-one nature, the roster spot of Bruno Fernando would be opened up by his release.
With the C’s bench ranking 28th in the NBA, losing Dennis Schroder would have to result in returning two capable scorers that could thrive in a complementary role. Both Damion Lee and Nemanja Bjelica are perfect for that assignment given their roles in the high-octane Warriors collective.
While neither is having their greatest shooting season, that could change with larger roles. At this point, Ime Udoka has no reason not to offer either a significant bench role.
Dennis Schroder is exactly what the Golden State Warriors need
Dennis Schroder adds a potential super sixth man that could allow more off-ball minutes for Steph Curry a fast-paced veteran guard for a Warriors second unit that could use a singular force that could create his own offense in a slower-paced postseason environment.