Point guard Dennis Schroeder has quite a few fans in NBA front offices, except, there’s one small problem. He wants to play and most of the teams interested in Schroeder want him to stay in Europe.
While not exactly a “project” like many Euro talents, Schroeder could certainly use a bit more seasoning across the pond which is why so many teams are intrigued. Unlike the vast majority of players in the NBA Draft, especially the first round, players that remain overseas don’t have their guaranteed contracts counted against the NBA salary cap. So teams like the Houston Rockets or Dallas Mavericks, who are gearing up in attempts to lure a pricey free agent don’t want to spend their cap space on a player who’d see limited time in their first year or two.
Schroeder has no desires to be in that situation though, according to Chad Ford:
Dennis Schroeder also has no interest in being “stashed” overseas. That’s why the Celtics probably don’t take him at 16.
What this does to his draft stock is an unknown. Many teams were hoping to do exactly what Schroeder doesn’t want – stash him overseas with the intentions of bringing him stateside in a year or two. It could lead to a small drop in his stock, assuming teams feel he’ll throw a stink about it.