Lakers will trade Danny Green, first-round pick to OKC for Dennis Schrӧder – Press Enterprise
Days ahead of a rapid offseason process and just over a month ahead of another season, the Lakers are shaking up their roster with a trade that promises to reshape their supporting cast.
The Lakers will trade veteran swingman Danny Green and the No. 28 pick in the NBA Draft for Oklahoma City’s Dennis Schrӧder, a 27-year-old point guard from Germany who should add scoring and playmaking to the back court. ESPN was first to report the trade.
The NBA has a moratorium in place on league trades, but that will end Monday morning, Nov. 16. The Lakers, who traded most of their draft capital last summer for Anthony Davis, cannot complete the trade by league rule until after the draft Wednesday, Nov. 18 when they have used their first-round pick to select a player for the Thunder.
Schrӧder will be entering his eighth year in the NBA, coming off one of his best. He averaged 18.9 points chiefly off the bench for the Thunder, who used him to spell Chris Paul. He also averaged 4.0 assists while shooting 38.5 percent from behind the arc. As a Laker, he figures to compete for a starting spot at point guard. He has two years and $31 million remaining on his contract.
After a championship run in which LeBron James and Davis each averaged 27 points while no other Laker averaged more than 10.7, Schrӧder figures to punch up the point total from the point guard spot. He also gives the Lakers a reliable off-the-dribble scorer while allowing James to play more off-ball after he led the NBA in assists last season.
The Lakers will surrender Green, a back-to-back champion and starter who averaged 8 points and 3 rebounds while shooting 36.7 percent from deep. The limited statistical production and shooting struggles in the postseason made the 33-year-old wing the target of fan criticism, but advanced statistics suggested he was one of the most snug fits alongside James and Davis. The Lakers were also in position to add youth in the upcoming draft, which will be rarer as the years advance, but the incoming talent pool has had generally weak evaluation.
The addition of Schrӧder could ripple into other offseason moves. The Lakers will now have to add a wing to replace Green, who was one of the team’s best help defenders. Adding a point guard could also factor into the player option decision of Avery Bradley, who might be out of a natural starting spot, and negotiations with Rajon Rondo, who is expected to decline his player option but might be sailing out of the Lakers’ price range. The New York Times reported that the Lakers expect to lose Rondo in free agency, which begins on Nov. 20.
Schrӧder’s history includes a choppy run with the Atlanta Hawks, which included an offseason arrest for a scrap outside of an Atlanta restaurant. He also has uneven history with at least one free agent who may return to the Lakers: He bickered on-court with Dwight Howard during their one season playing together in 2016-17.