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Sources: Dennis Schroder among guards on Knicks radar in upcoming free agency

- By LavadaCrooks
Publish Date : 2021-04-13 06:13:49
Sources: Dennis Schroder among guards on Knicks radar in upcoming free agency

 Knicks face the Pelicans in New Orleans on Wednesday. So you will probably hear and read plenty about the future of Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, a potential Knicks target in free agency.

But another lead guard on the Knicks’ schedule this week bears watching: Dennis Schroder.

Schroeder is among the players on New York’s radar as the club looks ahead to free agency, SNY has learned.

The 27-year-old is averaging 15 points and five assists per game in his first season in Los Angeles with the Lakers.

According to ESPN, the Lakers offered Schroeder a four-year, $84 million extension prior to the trade deadline. Schroder rejected the extension, presumably because he anticipates similar offers in free agency.

New York will have enough cap space to make Schroder a competitive offer in free agency. The club is projected to have at least $50 million in cap space in the 2021 offseason.

Point guard is a key position for the Knicks heading into the offseason -- Elfrid Payton, Derrick Rose and Frank Ntilikina will all be free agents in 2021, so they will probably have at least one new lead guard in 2021-22.

Between now and free agency in August, the Knicks will have to decide if Schroder is the right fit for a lineup that’s likely to heavily feature RJ Barrett and Julius Randle next season.

They could also turn to Ball, a restricted free agent in 2021.

Dec 14, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks and Pelicans touched base prior to the trade deadline; one person with knowledge of the Pelicans/Knicks Ball dynamic expects New York to re-engage on Ball in the offseason.

Since Ball will be a restricted free agent, the Knicks will have to sign him to an offer sheet and wait for the Pelicans to decide whether or not to match the deal. Based on how New Orleans operated at the trade deadline, it’s fair to assume that they are unlikely to re-sign Ball.

But the Pelicans could look to execute a sign-and-trade involving Ball in order to avoid losing him for nothing, so the Knicks’ pursuit of Ball could be complicated.

Story continues

Schroder, it’s worth noting, is an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. So the Knicks wouldn’t have to worry about offer sheets if they pursued Schroder. But based on the extension offer Schroder reportedly declined from the Lakers, he probably won’t sign for less than $20 million per year.

Should the Knicks spend $20 million-plus per season on a point guard this offseason?

They’ve overachieved so far this season, so you can make a strong argument to support that kind of spending.

Under first-year head coach Tom Thibodeau, Randle is in the midst of the best season of his career and will be in the conversation for the NBA’s Improved Player award after earning his first All-Star nod.

Barrett has taken a big step forward in his second season. And the players around Barrett and Randle have been much better than many expected coming into the year.

 Knicks face the Pelicans in New Orleans on Wednesday. So you will probably hear and read plenty about the future of Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, a potential Knicks target in free agency.

But another lead guard on the Knicks’ schedule this week bears watching: Dennis Schroder.

Schroeder is among the players on New York’s radar as the club looks ahead to free agency, SNY has learned.

The 27-year-old is averaging 15 points and five assists per game in his first season in Los Angeles with the Lakers.

According to ESPN, the Lakers offered Schroeder a four-year, $84 million extension prior to the trade deadline. Schroder rejected the extension, presumably because he anticipates similar offers in free agency.

New York will have enough cap space to make Schroder a competitive offer in free agency. The club is projected to have at least $50 million in cap space in the 2021 offseason.

Point guard is a key position for the Knicks heading into the offseason -- Elfrid Payton, Derrick Rose and Frank Ntilikina will all be free agents in 2021, so they will probably have at least one new lead guard in 2021-22.

Between now and free agency in August, the Knicks will have to decide if Schroder is the right fit for a lineup that’s likely to heavily feature RJ Barrett and Julius Randle next season.

They could also turn to Ball, a restricted free agent in 2021.

Dec 14, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks and Pelicans touched base prior to the trade deadline; one person with knowledge of the Pelicans/Knicks Ball dynamic expects New York to re-engage on Ball in the offseason.

Since Ball will be a restricted free agent, the Knicks will have to sign him to an offer sheet and wait for the Pelicans to decide whether or not to match the deal. Based on how New Orleans operated at the trade deadline, it’s fair to assume that they are unlikely to re-sign Ball.

But the Pelicans could look to execute a sign-and-trade involving Ball in order to avoid losing him for nothing, so the Knicks’ pursuit of Ball could be complicated.

Story continues

Schroder, it’s worth noting, is an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. So the Knicks wouldn’t have to worry about offer sheets if they pursued Schroder. But based on the extension offer Schroder reportedly declined from the Lakers, he probably won’t sign for less than $20 million per year.

Should the Knicks spend $20 million-plus per season on a point guard this offseason?

They’ve overachieved so far this season, so you can make a strong argument to support that kind of spending.

Under first-year head coach Tom Thibodeau, Randle is in the midst of the best season of his career and will be in the conversation for the NBA’s Improved Player award after earning his first All-Star nod.

Barrett has taken a big step forward in his second season. And the players around Barrett and Randle have been much better than many expected coming into the year.

Elite, consistent point guard play is one of the biggest pieces missing from

 Knicks face the Pelicans in New Orleans on Wednesday. So you will probably hear and read plenty about the future of Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, a potential Knicks target in free agency.

But another lead guard on the Knicks’ schedule this week bears watching: Dennis Schroder.

Schroeder is among the players on New York’s radar as the club looks ahead to free agency, SNY has learned.

The 27-year-old is averaging 15 points and five assists per game in his first season in Los Angeles with the Lakers.

According to ESPN, the Lakers offered Schroeder a four-year, $84 million extension prior to the trade deadline. Schroder rejected the extension, presumably because he anticipates similar offers in free agency.

New York will have enough cap space to make Schroder a competitive offer in free agency. The club is projected to have at least $50 million in cap space in the 2021 offseason.

Point guard is a key position for the Knicks heading into the offseason -- Elfrid Payton, Derrick Rose and Frank Ntilikina will all be free agents in 2021, so they will probably have at least one new lead guard in 2021-22.

Between now and free agency in August, the Knicks will have to decide if Schroder is the right fit for a lineup that’s likely to heavily feature RJ Barrett and Julius Randle next season.

They could also turn to Ball, a restricted free agent in 2021.

Dec 14, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks and Pelicans touched base prior to the trade deadline; one person with knowledge of the Pelicans/Knicks Ball dynamic expects New York to re-engage on Ball in the offseason.

Since Ball will be a restricted free agent, the Knicks will have to sign him to an offer sheet and wait for the Pelicans to decide whether or not to match the deal. Based on how New Orleans operated at the trade deadline, it’s fair to assume that they are unlikely to re-sign Ball.

But the Pelicans could look to execute a sign-and-trade involving Ball in order to avoid losing him for nothing, so the Knicks’ pursuit of Ball could be complicated.

Story continues

Schroder, it’s worth noting, is an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. So the Knicks wouldn’t have to worry about offer sheets if they pursued Schroder. But based on the extension offer Schroder reportedly declined from the Lakers, he probably won’t sign for less than $20 million per year.

Should the Knicks spend $20 million-plus per season on a point guard this offseason?

They’ve overachieved so far this season, so you can make a strong argument to support that kind of spending.

Under first-year head coach Tom Thibodeau, Randle is in the midst of the best season of his career and will be in the conversation for the NBA’s Improved Player award after earning his first All-Star nod.

Barrett has taken a big step forward in his second season. And the players around Barrett and Randle have been much better than many expected coming into the year.

Elite, consistent point guard play is one of the biggest pieces missing fro

 Knicks face the Pelicans in New Orleans on Wednesday. So you will probably hear and read plenty about the future of Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, a potential Knicks target in free agency.

But another lead guard on the Knicks’ schedule this week bears watching: Dennis Schroder.

Schroeder is among the players on New York’s radar as the club looks ahead to free agency, SNY has learned.

The 27-year-old is averaging 15 points and five assists per game in his first season in Los Angeles with the Lakers.

According to ESPN, the Lakers offered Schroeder a four-year, $84 million extension prior to the trade deadline. Schroder rejected the extension, presumably because he anticipates similar offers in free agency.

New York will have enough cap space to make Schroder a competitive offer in free agency. The club is projected to have at least $50 million in cap space in the 2021 offseason.

Point guard is a key position for the Knicks heading into the offseason -- Elfrid Payton, Derrick Rose and Frank Ntilikina will all be free agents in 2021, so they will probably have at least one new lead guard in 2021-22.

Between now and free agency in August, the Knicks will have to decide if Schroder is the right fit for a lineup that’s likely to heavily feature RJ Barrett and Julius Randle next season.

They could also turn to Ball, a restricted free agent in 2021.

Dec 14, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks and Pelicans touched base prior to the trade deadline; one person with knowledge of the Pelicans/Knicks Ball dynamic expects New York to re-engage on Ball in the offseason.

Since Ball will be a restricted free agent, the Knicks will have to sign him to an offer sheet and wait for the Pelicans to decide whether or not to match the deal. Based on how New Orleans operated at the trade deadline, it’s fair to assume that they are unlikely to re-sign Ball.

But the Pelicans could look to execute a sign-and-trade involving Ball in order to avoid



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