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The Oklahoma City Thunder will acquire point guard Dennis Schroder from the Atlanta Hawks when the three-team trade involving the Philadelphia 76ers is completed and the speedy guard is excited to play for a contending team.
Back in May, Schroder said he wanted to be on a competitive team and would request a meeting with the Hawks.
“I will be 25 in September,” Schroder said in May. “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 Hawks have been trying to move Schroder for a while. The organization had concerns about his attitude and legal case. Schroder and three other men were arrested on misdemeanor battery charges.
Schroder has $46 million remaining on his contract through 2021. The 24-year-old 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.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti and head coach Billy Donovan spoke with Schroder before the trade went down and Schroder understands his role will be as a sixth man and backing up star Russell Westbrook.
OKC’s front office made it a point in their summer meetings to add bench scoring and playmaking this summer, league sources told Amico Hoops. Taking on Schroder carries some long term money for the Thunder, but they can always trade him in the future if things don’t work out this season.
Schroder posted a picture on Instagram of him in a Thunder jersey shortly after the trade was reported.