As the New York Knicks prepare for their matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, rumors have been sparked about the team’s potential interest in Los Angeles Lakers point guard Dennis Schroder. According to reports, Schroder will be among the team’s free agent targets during the upcoming offseason.
Schroder, 27, is averaging 15.3 points and 5.3 assists per game this season. He is shooting 43.2 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Lakers previously offered him a four-year, $84 million extension, which was ultimately declined. At this time, the Knicks are expected to have over $50 million available in cap space entering the next cycle of free agency.
With LeBron James and Anthony Davis sidelined with injuries, Schroder as been regarded as the primary scoring option for Los Angeles. He has totaled 10+ points in 14 of the last 15 contests.
New York is familiar with the rumor mill at this point in the season. Just recently, the team was connected to New Orleans’ Lonzo Ball, who will become a restricted free agent after the campaign. The interest in point guards specifically results from the Knicks having Derrick Rose, Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina become free agents after this season.
The Knicks have exceeded expectations this season, sitting eighth in the Eastern Conference with a 28-27 overall record, potentially putting them in position to reach the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season.