Knicks Rumors: Dennis Schroder Scouted 'Intensely' by NY During 2020-21 Season

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVAugust 2, 2021

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The New York Knicks are seeking a point guard in free agency, and Dennis Schroder is reportedly considered the "most likely" to sign with the team, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

"The Knicks scouted Schroder intensely this season to make sure the German native is a fit for coach Tom Thibodeau," Berman added.

Schroder spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 15.4 points, 5.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. However, he is unlikely to return to the Lakers after they acquired Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards.

The 27-year-old has thrived in multiple roles during his NBA career, including coming off the bench in 2019-20 with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He averaged 18.9 points per game that year and finished second in voting for Sixth Man of the Year.

In 2017-18, Schroder was the leading scorer for the Atlanta Hawks at 19.4 points per game.

That scoring ability could make him a valuable option for a number of teams this offseason, including the Knicks.

New York ended a seven-year playoff drought by earning the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference last season, but their postseason run ended quickly with a first-round loss to Atlanta. The squad struggled to score once All-Star Julius Randle went cold and RJ Barrett couldn't pick up the slack.

It was a continuation of a problem throughout the season, as the Knicks finished 22nd in the league in offensive rating.

The Knicks have the most cap space in the NBA this offseason and should use it to find another offensive weapon to complement Randle and Barrett.

According to Berman, the top choices in free agency are Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry, while the squad is also considering Spencer Dinwiddie, Lonzo Ball and Derrick Rose (re-signing him).