As the NBA deadline fast approaches, Boston Celtics guard Dennis Schroder has been at the forefront of a number of trade rumors. The latest report comes from Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, who claims that a framework for a deal is already in place.
A deal that would send the German-born basketball player to the Chicago Bulls for Troy Brown Jr and a second-round pick.
On the surface, this deal appears to be a significant downgrade for the C’s.
However, we have to understand the reality of having the veteran guard as a rental at this ballclub. We make no have the financial flexibility to retain Schroder’s services.
This move would help Boston move below the luxury tax threshold and free up minutes for former first-round picks in Payton Pritchard, Romeo Langford and Aaron Nesmith.
There is no long-term benefit to the veteran guard taking away our youngsters’ precious years of development. This would not be a win-now move by any metric, but rather another salary-cutting move to better position ourselves for the upcoming offseason.
Let’s see why each team would make the potential trade.
Why are the Boston Celtics making the trade?
The Boston Celtics are in no condition to compete for a championship this year. In turn, they need to lean on the development of their young players.
The reason they have no bench is precisely because of the stagnant progress of their younger pieces.
Players like Romeo Langford, where are you?
For a guy like Aaron Nesmith, his rhythm is more out of the ordinary than a guitar out of tune.
And we can’t forget Payton Pritchard, whose minutes have proven more inconsistent than New England weather patterns.
The move not only opens up minutes for our young pieces, it sends a player we just can’t keep.
The return of Troy Brown Jr could just be a filler. Of note, he is a former 15th overall pick and has been a useful bench piece on other teams.
Guard 6-6 is only 22 years old and fits perfectly into our timeline. He is a good NBA athlete with all the physical tools to be a strong defender and has already shown himself to be a capable shooter.
In a spaceless offensive, he’s an astronaut.
The bad news is that filler players are sometimes given up on trades.
Don’t invest too much in a TBJ jersey if we get the guard.
Why do the Chicago Bulls do it?
There are more reasons I can list here why the Bulls would do the feat.
First off, his main shooting guards in Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball are out with long-term injuries.
The Bulls are in the midst of a much more significant streak right now and need to stay afloat. Schroder could be your lifeline.
He could be used as a temporary starter with his ability to serve as a primary ball handler/playmaker.
They could also deploy him off the bench as the second unit’s primary point guard. Not too long ago, many NBA insiders viewed Schroder as one of the best Sixth Men in the league.
We surely remember him losing nearly 20 points a game to the Oklahoma City Thunder!
The savvy veteran still has the sauce, averaging 14.6 points and 4.4 assists per game this season.
The Bulls are looking to not only compete, but be contenders and this move could propel them to the top of the Eastern Conference mountain and into a deep playoff run.
The Bulls are in a position to make the playoffs, while we are in the best of cases. The trade would set a clear direction for the Boston Celtics going forward.
Brad Stevens with the map, how is he going to plot our course?
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism