Schroder had been on the trading block for quite some time after his relationship with the organization appeared to sour due to some comments made publicly by the 24-year-old regarding the direction of the team. The Hawks then brought in Jeremy Lin in a trade earlier this offseason, which all but signaled Schroder's stay in Atlanta wouldn't last much longer. As a result, Schroder heads to Oklahoma City, where he'll likely be forced to backup Russell Westbrook at point guard. After averaging 31.0 minutes or more the last two seasons, Schroder's playing time will likely take a hit and he'll have to transition into a reserve role. Still, the Thunder wanted to increase their speed and add another ball-handler in the backcourt, which Schroder should be able to provide with ease.
While Schroder may see some of his minutes taken away in favor of the rookie, it's also possible that getting Young on draft night could be the first step in Schroder's exit out of Atlanta after he said he didn't want to be part of a rebuild again. Schroder is, however, coming off the most productive season of his career, averaging 19.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. It's also possible that Schroder and Young could co-exist in the backcourt, so the Hawks may elect to experiment with some lineups before making any drastic roster moves.
Schroder has been dealing with an ankle injury for about a week, which apparently prompted an MRI after it wasn't healing as hoped. The MRI revealed the sprain was serious enough to keep him out for 2-to-4 weeks. So, the Hawks have simply opted to shut the starting point guard down. As a result, Isaiah Taylor should continue to start at point guard, especially if Malcolm Delaney (ankle) remains out as well. Schroder will finish his fifth year in the league averaging 19.4 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 29.0 percent from beyond the arc.
Schroder (ankle) will not play Friday against the 76ers, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Schroder was initially deemed doubtful, and he'll miss a third straight game as he continues to battle a nagging ankle injury. His next chance to play will come Sunday against Orlando.
Schroder (ankle) is considered doubtful for Friday's game against the 76ers, Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Schroder is expected to miss a third straight game with a nagging ankle injury. With the Hawks safely eliminated from playoff contention, there's no reason to rush their veteran back, so look for the Hawks to continue to take a cautious approach with him moving forward. Look for official confirmation Friday morning, but if he can't give it a go, Isaiah Taylor would be in line for another start in his place.
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