With the NBA trade deadline six days away, the Milwaukee Bucks are likely looking to make a move or two. Backup point guard is an area that the Bucks could look to improve. A name to watch is Dennis Schroder. He has a team friendly contract and will likely leave the Celtics next season when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. The Celtics likely know the value Schroder has to a contending team who are in need of backup point guards but will the Bucks have enough interesting assets to offer Brad Stevens? This is certainly something to keep an eye on.
What the trade would look like?
Bucks receive: Dennis Schroder
Celtics receive: Donte DiVincenzo
The Celtics will likely want more for Schroder so it’s possible the Bucks would send a future second round pick as well to sweeten the deal. If DiVincenzo and a second round pick wouldn’t get the deal done, the Bucks should not entertain this trade any further.
Providing the deal gets done, the Bucks would be getting an electric athlete who has primarily played off the bench through his eight NBA seasons. Over those eight seasons, Schroder has averaged 14.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists and just under a steal, per game. The biggest attribute that Schroder brings to the Bucks team would be he speed and quickness. He’s capable of creating his own shot as well as getting others involved. Playing along side Giannis, Middleton, Portis and Holiday would given him every change to put his play making skills on display.
Schroder signed a team friendly, one year deal this offseason with the Celtics. If the Milwaukee Bucks do decide he would be a great addition, this would definitely be a short term rental. This biggest downfall in Schroder’s game, however, is his shooting. Over his career, Schroder posts a 44% FG% and a 33% 3P%. Milwaukee wouldn’t be able to rely on Schroder to be a consistent shooter. The lone bright spot in his shooting numbers is his free throw percentage. Over his career he has shot 83% from the charity stripe.
Perhaps an overlooked piece in this whole situation is the fact that Schroder played for head coach Mike Budenholzer. The two were together during Schroder’s first few seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. Over the last few seasons, Schroder hasn’t had much playoff success but he was part of the 2014-15 Hawks team that made it to the Eastern Conference Finals but ultimately lost to the Cavaliers in four games. The familiarity of Schroder and Budenholzer would allow Dennis to hit the ground running if he is indeed added to the Bucks roster.
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