Dennis Schroder will join the Los Angeles Lakers among other possible targets for the team.
The Los Angeles Lakers appear to be the first team out of the gate prior to Monday’s transaction moratorium. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Lakers have agreed to a deal to send Danny Green and the 28th overall pick in Wednesday’s NBA draft to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Dennis Schroder.
This move appears to be a big win for Rob Pelinka and the Lakers, as it was becoming more and more likely that Rajon Rondo would receive a larger deal elsewhere in free agency. Pelinka’s trade for Schroder seems to signal the end of the Rondo era in purple and gold.
Although Dennis Schroder is a huge overall upgrade on the offensive end, the Los Angeles Lakers are giving up potentially one of their best perimeter shooters and defenders in Danny Green.
Schroder, who was one of the finalists for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award, had a tremendous year for the Thunder. He was second on the team during the regular season in scoring averaging 18.9 points per game, while also adding 4.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.
With all that said, the Lakers would almost certainly need to make additional moves in order to replace Danny Green’s shooting and perimeter defense. Let’s take a look at some free-agent options to help improve the team’s roster in those areas.