Knicks Rumors: Lakers UFA Dennis Schroder Draws Interest from NY

Adam WellsAugust 4, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) passes during Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns Thursday, May 27, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

In their quest to find help at point guard, the New York Knicks are reportedly keeping an eye on Dennis Schroder. 

Per Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks "have interest" in Schroder as a potential starting option. 

There is a potential complicating factor for New York's interest in Schroder, however. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Wednesday that Kemba Walker intends to sign with the Knicks when he clears waivers after receiving a buyout from the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

The Knicks are also going to bring back Derrick Rose on a three-year, $43 million deal, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

Rose was used off the bench in 34 of 40 games with the Knicks last season between the regular season and playoffs. Berman noted the team is "reluctant" to make him a full-time starter "because of wear and tear on his surgically repaired knees."

Walker, assuming he does end up with the Knicks, is a player who also has injury concerns. He has missed 45 regular-season games in the past two seasons combined. The 31-year-old underwent stem cell treatment and therapy on his knee prior to the start of last season. 

It's unclear what the market for Schroder is at this point. NBA reporter Marc Stein wrote for the New York Times in March the 32-year-old rejected a four-year extension "in the range of $80 million" from the Los Angeles Lakers. 

B/R's Jake Fischer did cite the New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards as potential landing spots for Schroder on Monday. 

Schroder did have a productive 2020-21 season with the Lakers. He averaged 15.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting, 5.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game in 61 starts.