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The Atlanta Hawks drafted Oklahoma point guard Trae Young in the 2018 NBA draft with the hope that he can develop into a star guard for the franchise for years to come.
The Hawks’ current starting floor general, Dennis Schroder, was reportedly made available on draft night, as the organization has concerns about his attitude moving forward.
Back in May, Schroder said he wants to be on a competitive team and would request a meeting with ownership during the offseason.
“I will be 25 in September,” Schroder said. “I want to compete while I’m in my prime. I cannot be second to last in the Eastern Conference. That’s why I will have talks with the Atlanta Hawks.”
The 24-year-old Schroder averaged 19.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 2017-18, shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 29.0 percent from three. He has $46 million remaining on his contract through 2021.
Despite the reports surfacing about Schroder’s character issues, new Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce says he believes the speedy guard will be great for Young’s development.
“I think Dennis will be a tremendous role model,” Pierce said Monday. “We’ve talked already about him and Trae not only coexisting, but him being a leader for Trae and helping him on the court. Dennis has had a lot of success in the league and he’s a guy that still has a lot of growing to go and Trae is just trying to follow in those footsteps.
“Talking to Dennis, he’s excited. He was excited about who we were going to end up with in the draft and he was excited about where we are headed. I talked to him about playing with Trae and with the other guys. He’s back in Germany with his national team but he’s also excited about the guys that we have.”
The Hawks are still willing to trade Schroder for the right price but, so far, the market for him has been tepid and there is no internal urgency to get a deal done, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.