Report: OKC Thunder expected to trade Dennis Schroder to Los Angeles Lakers
The NBA's trade window will open at 11 a.m. Monday, and the Thunder already has a deal in place.
The Thunder is expected to send point guard Dennis Schroder to the Los Angeles Lakers, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday. The Lakers will reportedly trade Danny Green and their 28th pick in Wednesday night's draft to the Thunder.
The trade cannot officially be completed until after the draft. The Lakers will be picking for the Thunder with the No. 28 selection.
If the deal is processed, the Thunder will have two first-round picks (No. 25 and No. 28). The Thunder owns as many as 15 first-round picks through 2026.
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While the retooling Thunder adds another draft pick, the defending champion Lakers add a 27-year-old point guard who's coming off the best season of his career.
Schroder averaged 18.9 points, 4.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game. He finished second to Clippers center Montrezl Harrell for Sixth Man of the Year.
Schroder, in his second season with the Thunder, shot a career-high 46.9% from the field and 38.5% from 3-point range. His most surprising improvements came on defense. Schroder's 5.5 net rating was third-best on the team behind Chris Paul and Danilo Gallinari.
Schroder will enter next season in the final year of his contract, which pays $15.5 million. Dealing Schroder now ensures the Thunder will receive something in return rather than letting him walk in free agency.
Schroder, even though he's only 27, doesn't match the team's future timeline for contending. Other veterans like Chris Paul and Steven Adams could also be on the move as the Thunder begins its rebuild.
Green, like Schroder, is also entering the final year of his contract, which pays $15.4 million. It's a virtual swap in contracts between Oklahoma City and Los Angeles.
Green, a three-time NBA champion, started 68 games for the Lakers last season. The 33-year-old guard averaged 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Green is a career 40% 3-point shooter, though he dipped to 36.7% last season.
The 11-year veteran can still help a contending team, and it's likely the Thunder will try to flip Green for another asset.
The reported trade fits the Thunder's plan of stockpiling draft picks. The Thunder could try to package the No. 25 and No. 28 picks Wednesday night to move up in the draft.