Updated Milwaukee Bucks’ trade deadline targets – Dennis Schröder
If you have been tuned in, you will know that this writer has been high on the idea of the Bucks bringing in Dennis Schröder for quite some time. That interest started when The Athletic’s NBA insider Shams Charania (subscription required) reported that the Boston Celtics could be open to moving the guard before the deadline rather than paying him after the season.
The Bucks would be wise to explore their options at upgrading the backup point guard position. While bringing back George Hill in free agency seemed like a significant pickup, he has not lived up to expectations as he is averaging 6.9 points and 2.4 assists per game. The biggest hindrance has been his lackluster 3-point shooting, as the guard is shooting a career-low 30.7 percent from deep on the season. Hill’s subpar production has been detrimental to Milwaukee’s bench contributions, and a player like Schröder could turn things around immediately.
The 28-year-old guard is currently having a solid season by averaging 15.9 points and 4.7 assists per game while splitting time as a starter and a reserve. Adding Schröder would give the Bucks a more formidable second unit with a guard that can score and distribute the basketball at a high level. Also, Schröder has some ties to the Bucks as he played under head coach Mike Budenholzer during their time with the Atlanta Hawks. The guard’s best year of his career came while playing under the two-time Coach of the Year, and reuniting them could bring good things out of him, though they have butted heads in the past.
Absorbing what remains of Schröder’s $5.9 million for this season would also not be the most difficult obstacle for the Bucks to overcome. If they can piece together a solid package, which is possible with what little assets they have, then this should be a move they consider making.