With the start of the 2022-23 NBA regular season approaching, there are still some quality free agents left on the board.
Veteran guard Dennis Schroder is one of those players.
The 28-year-old is certainly capable of being an impact player for any team that needs backcourt help, so it’s surprising that he’s still unsigned.
However, according to a recent, he likely won’t be a free agent for much longer.
NBA insider Marc Stein offered some intel on the matter and noted that there’s a “rising buzz” about Schroder’s job prospects.
Quite a bold step for Dennis Schroder to play in this @EuroBasket without an NBA contract in hand … but there's a rising buzz in league circles about his job prospects. Schroder will almost certainly have a new team by month's end after helping host Germany make the semifinals.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) September 13, 2022
It sounds like it’s only a matter of time before Schroder finds his next home in the NBA.
Although this offseason probably hasn’t gone as expected for him, the journeyman is surely excited about what’s ahead.
Schroder’s Next NBA Chapter
Schroder is entering his 10th NBA season.
He has played for five different teams: the Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and Houston Rockets.
Assuming he signs with a new team this month, he’ll join the sixth organization of his NBA career.
The former first-round pick could end up being a good value signing for some team.
For his career, he averages a solid 14.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per contest.
That said, Schroder does have some limitations.
For example, he isn’t exactly a plus defender, and on the offensive end, his efficiency has room for improvement (he’s a career 43.6 percent shooter from the field and 33.8 percent shooter from deep).
But if a team were to sign him and play him as a sixth man, some of those issues might be alleviated.
That was certainly the case in the 2019-20 season, when Schroder led Oklahoma City’s bench unit and had the most efficient season of his career.
He dropped an impressive 18.9 points per game while knocking down 46.9 percent of his shots from the field and 38.5 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
While he got substantial playing time (30.8 minutes per contest), he came off the bench in 63 of his 65 appearances.
Schroder finished second in Sixth Man of the Year voting that season.
Perhaps his future holds a similar role.
A Productive EuroBasket For Schroder
As Stein implied in his report, Schroder’s stock has gotten a nice boost thanks to his play in this year’s EuroBasket.
In six games, the guard has averaged 20.0 points and 7.2 assists per contest.
In his most recent game, he dropped 26 points and eight assists.
Dennis Schroder today:
W against Giannis & Greece
A team needs to sign Schroder. 🗣 pic.twitter.com/glwdHGKUyF
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) September 13, 2022
Dennis Schroder is turning heads with his stellar performance at Eurobasket.
Expect him to sign with an NBA team really soon. pic.twitter.com/IrMxsQui07
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) September 14, 2022
With Schroder’s help, Germany has reached the EuroBasket semifinals and is still in the hunt to win it all.
It has certainly been a productive couple of weeks for the basketball veteran.
Once this year’s EuroBasket comes to an end, Schroder’s focus will shift back to the NBA.
He’d surely love nothing more than to be signed by the time the league kicks off its regular season on Oct. 18, which will be here in the blink of an eye.
Fortunately for Schroder, it sounds like that’s probably in the cards.