After winning the NBA championship last season, the LA Lakers are focused on improving their roster to launch a defense of their title. The team has prioritized the acquisition of a guard this offseason to complement the duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. It seems like the 17-time champions are close to signing their intended target. Let's check out the latest update on the NBA Trade Rumors front.
NBA Trade Rumors: LA Lakers set to acquire Dennis Schroeder from OKC Thunder
OKC Thunder's Dennis Schroeder has been a part of various NBA Trade Rumors this offseason. The mercurial point guard was set to depart the franchise at the end of last season, with the management planning to blow up the roster and launch a rebuild.
According to NBA Trade Rumors, the LA Lakers were interested in acquiring the German guard, and league insiders Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania have confirmed that the franchise is set to acquire Dennis Schroeder. The NBA trade talks revolved around LA Lakers shooting guard Danny Green and their 28th pick in the NBA Draft 2020, which will go to the OKC Thunder.
The NBA trade will be completed on draft day, and the LA Lakers will have to wait till they make their selection in the event, because of the Stepien Rule. The LA Lakers owe a 2021 first-round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans, and as a result of the Stepien Rule, cannot trade the 28th pick until the team has chosen a player in the NBA Draft.
The LA Lakers will acquire an adept scorer and playmaker in Dennis Schroeder. The point guard was influential for the OKC Thunder last season as a bench player and was a strong contender for the Sixth Man of the Year award. Schroeder can fill multiple gaps for the LA Lakers, who will have a versatile option on their roster after struggling to get production from the bench guard spots last year.