In a report that states the Sacramento Kings are attempting to trade their number eight overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft in order to bring in a veteran presence instead of another guy, a name has popped up in the Kings radar: Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schroeder:
It was immediately unclear if the Kings have a specific target. But Dennis Schroder, the German point guard firmly behind Jeff Teague on the Hawks depth chart, could come up. Had McLemore been gone at No. 7, Sacramento would have looked hard at Schroder or at trading back.
via Kings put No. 8 pick on trading block | via NBA.com
Dennis Schroeder is an interesting prospect and target for the Kings.
Despite being drafted 17th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in last years draft, Schroeder had a minuscule impact on the Hawks, splitting time between Atlanta and the NBA Development League, but that doesn’t stop one from realizing he oozes potential. Coming into last years draft, Schroeder drew comparisons to Celtics guard Rajon Rondo. He’s blazing quick, has all the tools to become a top defender at his position and has shown a knack for being a big-time playmaker and has a bright future ahead of himself if whatever team he’s with throughout his youth years allow him to develop properly.
While Schroeder would be a good get, he isn’t exactly the kind of player you trade an eighth overall pick in a loaded NBA Draft for. Since the Kings are looking for a veteran, maybe a package of Schroeder + Paul Millsap could be enough to move the eight overall pick. Millsap is a veteran who would fit nicely alongside Demarcus Cousins. The contract would be an issue as Millsap is an unrestricted free agent following the 2014-15 NBA season, creating the risk that he’d bolt after the Kings give up a valuable asset for him.
The Atlanta Hawks haven’t shown any indications that Schroeder is on the trading block, but with the right offer, anyone is available in the NBA.