NBA Rumors: 3 Potential Landing Spots For Dennis Schroder

NBA trade season is officially over as Thursday's 3:00 PM NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone.  That being said, many teams will still be actively looking to add that one last piece to the championship puzzle, but they will have to rely on the actions of others in order to do so.  Many players are expected to be bought out of their current contracts, making them free agents and allowing them to sign with any team they choose.  Over the next couple of days, we will be looking at some of those buyout candidates, and which teams they will most likely end up with for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

This article is highlighting the Houston Rockets' newly acquired PG Dennis Schroder.

Los Angeles Lakers

Surprisingly, the Los Angeles Lakers have emerged as the favorite to land Dennis Schroder should he be waived by the Rockets.  The 6'3" combo guard played the entirety of last season with the Lakers before turning down a contract extension and eventually signing in Boston instead to a one-year deal.  Given their recent breakup, many didn't think that a reunion was in the cards but Lakers Daily has reported that they are interested in bringing back Schroder, which maybe hints at just how desperate they have become in their efforts to take playing time away from Russell Westbrook.  Schroder is a very good player, but he did not seem to mesh well with the team last season, mostly due to his inconsistent outside shooting and poor performance during last season's playoffs.  

Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers depth took a hit when they traded away three players in return for perennial All-Star James Harden.  The new-look 76ers will need to fill a couple holes if they want to make a serious run at a title this year, and Dennis Schroder could be the perfect kind of player to help them do just that.  While Ben Simmons hasn't played all season, both Andre Drummond and Seth Curry filled significant roles for the Sixers and GM Daryl Morey will need to scour the buyout market in order to replace their contributions.  Philadelphia still has Shake Milton and sophomore sensation Tyrese Maxey, plus Harden is essentially a point guard whether he is listed as one on the score sheet or not, but Schroder can play effectively as a 2-guard and would be excellent injury insurance should Harden's hamstring injury linger into the playoffs.

Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors are just four games out of first place in the Eastern Conference as of writing, yet they have the lowest scoring bench in the entire league.  Dennis Schroder can provide that instant dose of offense that they desperately need in order to sustain their current winning pace.  Schroder would instantly become their best bench player, his 14.4 points per game average is not far off of the Raptors' entire bench tally of 22.9 points per game, and his addition alone could multiply the team's chances at a deep playoff run this season.

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