As the start date of the new NBA season is determined, the offseason trading scene will be officially opened after the draft. But because this year's offseason is particularly short, the teams have already started to discuss deals privately, and they waited until the restricted date to sign directly.
According to a report by the famous NBA reporter Shams Charania today, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder have reached a deal related to Dennis Schroder in principle. The chips are the 28th pick in the first round of this year's draft and Danny Green.
However, as the current transaction restrictions have not been lifted, this transaction cannot be officially completed before November 17.
Sources said that because this deal involves the issue of sending the 28th pick in the first round to the Thunder, the deal will be officially completed on draft night. In this way, the Thunder will have the 25th and 28th picks in the first round of this year's draft.
Don't look at the Lakers' action this time, and think the signing went smoothly. In addition to the Lakers, the team that offered Schroder also had the Bucks. The Bucks had in-depth negotiations with the Thunder last week to trade Schroder, but the Lakers eventually won Schroder.
Sources said that as long as the Lakers select a player with the 28th pick in the draft according to the wishes of the Thunder (the Lakers' first round of 2021 has been sent to the Pelicans, according to the labor agreement, the first round of two consecutive years cannot be traded. , Can only be selected after the transaction), the transaction can be officially completed.
Why did the Lakers sign Schroder so eagerly? "The New York Times" famous reporter Marc Stein (Marc Stein) gave the answer: The Lakers very much believe that their champion this season-Raja Rondo will not return to the team. After following the Lakers to win the 2020 championship, Rondo's value has risen. He proved his ability as a team commander in the playoffs, which is what many teams aspiring to compete for the championship hope to enhance. As early as half a month ago, there was already news that the city rival Clippers wanted to pursue Rondo.
Rondo's expected contract value may exceed the Lakers' expectations, so the trade to Schroder is a "preemptive" choice.
After completing this transaction, the Thunder will have 16 first-round picks in the next seven years. These first-round signings are important assets for the future. As for whether to change or select good rookie seedlings to cultivate themselves, they can guarantee salary flexibility. The direction of the Thunder's team building is still very clear.
In the 2019-20 playoffs, Rondo played 24.7 minutes per game, scored 8.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.38 steals, and shot 40% from three.
In the 2019-20 regular season, Schroder averaged 30.8 minutes per game, 18.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 4 assists. In the playoffs, he averaged 32.4 minutes per game, averaging 17.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists.