NBA Rumors: Dennis Schroder To Lakers, KCP To Thunder?
Are the Los Angeles Lakers trading KCP to the Thunder for Dennis Schroder?
Schroder, 26, is in the midst of a very solid campaign with Oklahoma City.
On the year he is averaging 14.8 points and 3.8 assists per game while shooting nearly 44 percent from the field. While scoring and assists are down a smidgen from where they were last season, Schroder’s shooting percentage has improved.
The Lakers are currently 16-2 and have the league’s best record. Theoretically they should just be able to stand pat and do nothing. Unfortunately, if you take a deeper look at the team, there are some mild points of concern that could hamper them later in the year.
First and foremost, LA has not faced a particularly tough schedule up to this point. That is not a knock on the team – they don’t control who they play. All they can do is go out and win, which they have. But it is impossible to ignore that the level of competition they have faced thus far has been subpar.
Beyond that, LeBron James has been playing a ton of minutes. Will he be able to continue to play at this level later in the year when all the mileage on his body starts slowing him down?
And finally, the team lacks a legitimate point guard. That is part of the reason why James has been forced to take on so much ball-handling responsibility. Rajon Rondo is injury prone, Avery Bradley is inconstant and KCP is KCP – the Lakers need a reliable point guard if they want to make a deep postseason run.
Schroder could be that point guard.
OKC is in the midst of a rebuild, so they will listen to any and all trade offers. A deal centered around KCP and rookie Talen Horton-Tucker could be enough to convince the Thunder to give up Schroder given how guard-heavy their roster already is.
Will the Lakers definitely be able to pry Schroder away from the Thunder? Obviously nothing is certain.
Is this a good realistic move that would make sense for all involved?