The Los Angeles Lakers may deal some of their players in order to make room for new names. This may include top players who have yet to sign an extension with the team. Dennis Schroder is one of them. According to recent sources, the New York Knicks may try to snag the Lakers guard.
SNY.TV’s Ian Begley says that the Knicks may use part of their $50 million in cap space to get Schroder in the summer.
“The Knicks face the Pelicans in New Orleans on Wednesday. So you will probably hear and read plenty about the future of Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, a potential Knicks target in free agency,” Begley explained. “But another lead guard on the Knicks’ schedule this week bears watching: Dennis Schroder. Schroder is among the players on New York’s radar as the club looks ahead to free agency, SNY has learned.”
Knicks to snag the Lakers guard with great deal
The Knicks need a point guard. This is their key area of focus. The Knicks can give Schroder a big deal. New York would make the postseason if the playoffs started today. The team spent years at the bottom of each chart.
“Elite, consistent point guard play is one of the biggest pieces missing from the roster,” Begley added. “Maybe the Knicks fill that void this offseason. Will it be Schroder? Plenty can change between now and early August. But the seven-year veteran is one of the players under consideration at the moment.”
The Lakers offered Schroder an extension. Brian Windhorst from ESPN said that Schroder turned down the offer. It was a $84 million deal from the franchise.
“So, what I have been told and this rumor is pretty widely out there so I doubt this is very surprising, is that the Lakers did indeed offer him that $84 million over four years,” Windhorst detailed on a recent episode of The Hoop Collective podcast. “Now, this is where we get into [a] grey area. Was it fully guaranteed? Was it partially guaranteed? Were there incentives blah blah blah? I don’t know, but I believe he was offered a contract in that realm, and he said no to it. He said no to that extension, and subsequently, the Lakers offered him in a trade for Kyle Lowry.”
Schroder’s future is uncertain and the Lakers even considered trading him. They didn’t even try to trade Talen Horton-Tucker.