Insiders say a Schroder trade could net the Celtics ‘impact talent’ to complement Tatum and Brown.


Insiders say a Schroder trade could bring ‘impact talent’ to the Celtics to complement Tatum and Brown.

Dennis Schroder is quickly establishing himself as one of the true bargain offseason additions across the NBA. The Celtics guard signed a one-year, (dollar)5.9 million deal in August and is currently averaging a career-high 33.0 minutes per game.

Due to Jaylen Brown’s hamstring injury, the 28-year-old has been thrust into the starting lineup and has proven to be one of Boston’s most consistent scorers, averaging 24 points on 18.8 shots per game over his last five games.

Despite Schroder’s recent hot streak, head coach Ime Udoka has already stated that when Brown returns, he will revert to his sixth-man role.

NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg believes the Celtics should cash in on Schroder’s burgeoning trade value while they still have the opportunity.

With Schroder’s contract set to expire on December 15th, a Celtics insider speculated that the French guard could fetch Boston a third star in the future.

“Schroder’s value to a contender, even as an expiring deal,” Forsberg wrote, “could help the Celtics fetch draft assets that might be valuable if they desire to trade for an impact talent to pair with Brown and Jayson Tatum down the road.”

Will Schroder be retained by Boston?

In the short term, as we approach the February trade deadline, it all boils down to Boston’s position in the Eastern Conference hierarchy.

It was considered a luxury move when the C’s first brought Schroder to Beantown.

The team gained a scoring punch in their reworked backcourt, and Schroder landed in a position where he can showcase his skill set in the hopes of regaining market value — so far, so good on both ends.

While a one-year (or shorter) rental for Schroder has always been a possibility, Boston could easily forego an in-season trade of the guard if the team around him begins to resemble a true title contender.

“If Boston believes it is a legitimate contender and is willing to linger above the tax line (there will be other ways to cut costs, too), then the team could simply ride out the season with Schroder, knowing it is in good hands.”

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