Earlier this week, Shams Charania reported that the
Boston Celtics are expected to listen to trade discussions
surrounding Dennis Schröder.
It makes sense. Schröder is entering the prime of his career and
producing with the Celtics to the tune of 17.5 points, 4.9 assists
and 3.6 rebounds per game. He also signed a one-year contract in
the offseason for just $5.89 million, and logic signals that he's
intending to turn that into a much larger payday next
Dealing Schröder while his value is high before he could leave
next offseason seems like proper asset management for Boston. And
though I think Schröder provides a unique flavor with his rim
pressure and pure speed, I get the reality that, with the Celtics
likely not on the path to title contention this season, there's a
good chance Schröder gets thrown into the trade carousel.
The questions to ask: What teams could use a potential
one-season rental, and what would the Celtics want back? To answer
these, let's quickly log Schröder's primary skills shown this
The 28-year-old has shifted between a high-usage bench role and
a starter for Boston as the team deals with injuries. Schröder can
get downhill with impressive burst when he wants to. Per Cleaning
the Glass, he's making 64% of his at-rim attempts, in the 78th
percentile at his position.
Schröder has also canned an impressive 56% of his corner threes
and been a better off-ball option than I initially anticipated. He
still seems more comfortable on the ball, where he can dictate the
pace and facilitate. Schröder is hitting 33.6% of his overall
threes this season, which is right at his career average. He's a
streaky but capable long-range shooter who can also pull up in the
mid-range with some success. Ultimately, the speed and finishing
ability are his signature skills.
In this situation, Schröder is one of the perfect acquisitions
for a team needing that last piece to push for a title or get over
the hump into the playoffs. But the Celtics are in this weird
middle ground; they have plenty of intriguing young players and a
first-year head coach, but also plenty of veterans who can support
a win-now run... Except they aren't doing enough of the "winning
What does Boston want back in a trade in general? They could opt
to add to their pool of prospects or find more experienced players
to fill needs. I truly don't know the best route, so I've chosen a
few of each. Below are five trades that make sense for the Celtics,
the hypothetic partner and Schröder himself.
All are NBA Trade Machine-approved.
Celtics receive: Royce O'Neale, Jared Butler
Jazz receive: Dennis Schröder
In this scenario, the Celtics return a low-usage 3-and-D player,
which fills a shooting need and takes pressure off of Ime Udoka to
put too much responsibility on Aaron Nesmith. O'Neale would be an
excellent fit in Udoka's switch-heavy defense as a 6-foot-6 wing,
and he's currently knocking down over 40% of his three-pointers.
Perhaps the Celtics can get an intriguing guard prospect like
Butler out of this too since Utah won't be slotting him in the
rotation this season.
For the Jazz, it's all about pushing for a title. They're on the
cusp, and Schröder could benefit from playing next to or behind
Donovan Mitchell. He wouldn't need to be a defensive fulcrum, and
could slot in as the primary facilitator off the bench. That would
make life much easier for a currently struggling Jordan
Celtics receive: Cam Reddish, Gorgui Dieng, 2022
Hawks receive: Dennis Schröder, 2022 first-round pick
It's pretty ironic that the Hawks' search for a backup point
guard could take things back to where they all began with Schröder.
Under a new regime, maybe it makes sense for Schröder to try again.
He'd instantly be second on the depth chart behind Trae Young. The
Hawks are 24th in rim frequency and 18th in accuracy, so Schröder
can absolutely help collapse the defense.
It's been reported that the Hawks want to move Reddish in
exchange for a first-round pick, and they can do so here. The
Celtics can take a swing on a high-upside prospect who is only 22
in Reddish while maintaining a team option for the following
season. They also get back Gorgui Dieng, who I've always been a
personal fan of, to slot in as a sensible third big man.
Celtics receive: Pat Connaughton
Bucks receive: Dennis Schröder
The second George Hill era has not been as kind in Milwaukee.
Hill, at age-35, is shooting just 32.4% from long range and has
missed time due to injuries. With Donte DiVincenzo on his way back,
Grayson Allen shooting the lights out and Jordan Nwora waiting for
more minutes, Milwaukee has a plethora of sharpshooting guard/wing
hybrids to work with. They can give one up in exchange for some
added rim pressure off the bench.
Boston takes on Connaughton, who can operate as a mircowave
scorer and cutter while fitting better with Marcus Smart should the
two share the backcourt. Connaughton also graduated from St. John's
Prep in Massachusetts, so you have some nice local ties there. He's
making $5.3 million over the next two seasons.
Celtics receive: Garrett Temple, Naji Marshall, 2023
first-round pick (via Lakers)
Pelicans receive: Dennis Schröder
The Pelicans are reportedly going to be buyers this trade
season, which is... something. But if that's true, Schröder is a
good bet for them as a team whose guard signings have largely
underwhelmed (and who just lost Kira Lewis Jr. for the season due
to a torn ACL). Schröder could start for this team and be the
downhill threat missing from the current rotation.
Naji Marshall still doesn't get nearly enough love from the
Pelicans, so he hopefully would in Boston. The Celtics also add a
likely late first-rounder in a draft that could be loaded, and
acquire a rock-solid veteran in Temple. None of this severely
impacts the all-powerful cap flexibility Brad Stevens is likely
hoping to preserve.
Celtics receive: Domantas Sabonis, Justin Holiday
Pacers receive: Dennis Schröder, Romeo Langford, Robert
Williams III, Josh Richardson, 2022 first-round pick
Our Nekias Duncan labeled the Celtics as an intriguing fit in
his piece on potential destinations for Domantas
Sabonis. This is my best attempt at formulating a Sabonis trade
without including Jaylen Brown. Boston would certainly love this;
it gets a third star-caliber player and ball-moving center, plus a
low-usage complementary wing I love in Holiday.
It's trickier to sell this for the Pacers. Part of the appeal is
flipping Schröder or Richardson for more prospect pieces. But
neither of them comes with significant long-term cap hits, which is
a plus. Should Indiana opt for the competitive pseudo-rebuild, both
veterans are at least capable rotation pieces.
Romeo Langford is an awesome young player and an Indiana native,
and Robert Williams (note: he cannot be traded until after Jan. 30)
is another awesome young player on a steal of a contract. Maybe
some additional draft capital gets this done.