The Phoenix Suns They seem intent on bringing back the majority of their roster from the record-breaking 2021-22 season, 64 wins.
After they did not trade for him Brooklyn Networks star attacking Kevin Durant, the Suns will return at least their core: All-star guards Chris Paul and Devin Booker; Michael Bridges, Defensive Player of the Year runner-up; and starting center Deandre Ayton, who signed a four-year, $133 million bid sheet with Indiana Pacers That Phoenix met him at his restricted free agency.
The Suns have several players on expired contracts, including starting Jae Crowder and backup strikers Cameron Johnson and Dario Saric, which means they can strike more deals before and during this season. After signing forwards Damion Lee, Josh Okogie, and Jock Landale to free agency, Phoenix has a maximum of 14 of 15 players on his active roster.
Recently, there has been speculation that the Suns should sign Dennis Schroder for 15th place on the list. Schroeder – who helped lead Germany to a 3-1 start in the Eurobasket to play this off-season – was Paul’s teammate with Oklahoma City Thunder During the 2019-20 season, when Schroeder finished second in the NBA Sixth Man of the Year vote.
The 28-year-old then played for a team Los Angeles Lakers When he badly refused a four-year, $84 million contract extension during 2020-21 before he signed with Boston Celtics On a low one-year, $5.9 million contract in free agency last summer.
Schroeder played 49 games for the Celtics before being traded on Houston Rockets, with a combined average of 12.7 points, 5.1 assists and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 41.7% from the field (33.9% from a 3-point range). At the time of the trade, the Celtics were 31-25. After the trade, the Celtics went 20-6 and pushed him to The NBA Finals.
If The Suns acquire Schroder, it could come at the expense of Payne, who struggled in the last season after excelling in the playoffs the previous year. Phoenix coach Monty Williams maintained a consistent rotation during his three years with the team, and he did not usually play the three point guards on the same night.
Schroeder will bring an immediate scoring and game-making boost to the Suns team, but is it worth it? Bright Side of the Sun took a look at the potential benefits and drawbacks of adding Schroder.
Schroeder has been a definite threat since the 2017-18 season, when he played in Atlanta Hawks His career best averaged 19.4 points per game.
At just 172 pounds, he’s one of the thinnest guards in the league but has speed to make up for that. Schroeder is a master at dribbling, able to switch between attacking the basket at full speed or hesitating to create his shot or chances for his teammates with great effectiveness.
When he played with the Falcons from 2013-14 to 2017-18, Schroeder was part of a movement-based attack in the current situation. Milwaukee Bucks Coach Mike Budenholzer, one of his subjects San Antonio Spurs Coach Greg Popovich. He played in the free-flow system with LeBron James and Anthony Davis in Los Angeles before returning to the method groups with former Celtics coach and current head of basketball operations Brad Stevens.
Schroeder was the first goalkeeper on the bench with Paul and Oklahoma City. More than 2,070 properties they played in the same squad, they had a points difference plus 15.6, which ranked 99 percent in the league.
If he were to sign with Phoenix, Schroeder would play in a five-run group under Williams, who prioritizes ball movement and multiple shot creation actions. Unfortunately, he will not be able to play with former backup center JaVale McGee, who has signed with Dallas Mavericksmaking his inline motors less efficient with the Bismack Biyombo Backup Center.
It’s likely Schroeder’s role is to share the basketball, shoot the dribble hack, and create for himself when the opportunity presents itself. He could play well alongside Sarek, whose presence helped Payne create opportunities for himself in 2021 after the season ended.
James Jones, Suns general manager, said he’s looking to maintain “continuity” of the team’s roster, which includes its stars but also role players like Johnson and even Payne and, to some extent, Sarek.
Adding Schroeder would be a risk to team harmony. The Suns have the NBA record for the past three seasons for a reason, and changing what was already a successful rotation by removing Payne could be a risk.
Schroeder also has questions about his stance Dating back to the date he was arrested for a late-night quarrel in September 2017. Lakers legend Magic Johnson said Schroeder lacked “a winning mentality and attitude” during the team’s 2021 season – when he lost to the Suns – and went remarkably without goals as he shot 0 of 9 in a 30-point loss in Game Five.
Previously, Schroeder refused to extend the massive contract from the Lakers – who won the championship in 2020 – expecting a bigger deal at free agency. It did not.
You never want to have locker room drama, especially with the Suns team actively pursuing a title and having their stars, general manager and coach on big contracts. Can Schroeder provide that? Probably.
Paul may be someone important to this deal. If he agrees to Schroeder, Paul and Williams have a close relationship – as Jones does with Williams – and it could be done. If not, Suns may return their current list and name it daily.
Schroeder can be an upgrade on Payne with his offensive ability. But is it worth sacrificing locker room culture and continuity?
We don’t think so. Suns has been fine with Payne as Paul’s backup, and although Payne has had a bad post-season, he understands the Phoenix system and his teammates love him.
Additionally, although Aaron Holiday could have been a bigger piece in the post-season, Williams chose to stay with Payne, as a sign of loyalty to his players.
Saric’s return could be a huge plus for Payne, who has benefited from his pick-and-pop ability in 2021. He sacrificed a bigger contract to return to Phoenix last summer and appears to have been fully accepted to help his team win.
Could Schroeder add that as well? It is quite possible. But the Suns didn’t seem to make a move for Durant because they didn’t want to sacrifice much. It’s hard to see them change a major piece here.