Celtics All-Star forwards Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are two major reasons why Dennis Schröder chose to sign with the Celtics in free agency, as Taylor Snow of Celtics.com relays (Twitter link).
Tatum and Brown are two of Schröder’s favorite players, and at 23 and 24 years old, respectively, the two young stars are only getting better. Boston could choose to start Schröder alongside Marcus Smart, Brown, Tatum and Robert Williams III this season.
“Jayson and Jaylen are two of my favorite players in today’s game,” Schroder explained. “Very competitive. They’re winners, two guys that will do whatever it takes to win the game. I think it’ll be a great fit and they are a big reason why I picked Boston.
“They both called me and showed a lot of interest, that was nice. I’m really looking forward to joining them soon and winning a lot of games together.”
There’s more from the Atlantic Division tonight:
- A. Sherrod Blakely of Full Court Press dives into the Celtics‘ backcourt situation, noting that Smart should bounce back with a strong defensive season. Blakely also examines some of Boston’s other guards, including Schröder and Josh Richardson.
- Doug Smith of The Toronto Star explores the Raptors‘ roster situation, taking a look at which players will be competing for spots in training camp. Smith highlights Yuta Watanabe, Freddie Gillespie and Isaac Bonga, among others, breaking down the chances of each player making the roster.
- Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News lists five Knicks storylines to watch ahead of training camp. New York is entering the 2021/22 season with an upgraded roster on paper, adding Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier to a core that already includes the likes of Julius Randle, RJ Barrett and Derrick Rose.
18 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Schröder, Celtics, Raptors, Knicks”
shroeder will fit like a glove on the Celtics. Brad Stevens did a great job improving the team and getting rid of the dead weight on the team. if they can get Beal next season, they will be the East Favorites
Smart/Beal/Jaylen/Tatum/RW would be a sexy squad
Sign Schroeder Grade A
Rest is D
How would they Beal without a trade?
Wouldn’t he be a restricted FA, and how would the Celtics have cap space?
Beal will be finishing his rookie extension so he’ll be a UFA, their cap sheet is pretty clean after this season as only Tatum, Brown, Williams and Smart have guaranteed salaries everyone else are on non guaranteed or Club options.
Beal has been in the league for 9 years, he won’t be a RFA. He does have a $37M player option which I assume he will turn down next summer. The Celtics also gave Josh Richardson a $12M extension for next season so add that to the $85M the other 4 guys are making and that’s $97M. If the salary cap is $119M next year that only gives them $24M in cap space, which isn’t nearly enough to sign Beal.
Make that $22M in cap space, damn my math sucks today.
They’d trade Smart and Richardson if it meant getting Beal.
Everybody gets a Beal for their fantasies. Draw up your fav team’s lineups next year with Beal in them.
Right but they could always attach a pick to Richardson to dump him – that gets them to 34, which is probably enough to sign Beal outright.
Beal will have his choice of suitors, most if not all will have to do a trade to facilitate.
Man I was really hopeful for Schroeder as a life long Lakers fan. He had a horrible season. He passed up pull ups and drove right into the defense on many occasions (enough to start a drinking game about it). Very aggressive but he couldn’t finish.
In any case his contract is a bargain. And if he accepts a sixth man role he’ll be good. But I don’t see him doing well as a starter having to play against the other teams first 5.
Horford and Schroeder are good additions. Two vets at needed positions. Considering they both have something to prove. Very good pickups. I see Celtics better in second half. They also have a few TE they can use. So I still think they are not done dealing yet. They will be fighting for top 4 in East. With Knicks, Heat, Hawks.
Knicks are a deep team this yr. On paper a much better collection of talent. I agree with writer that young guys will have to step up. Like Grimes and McBride a lot. But I can also see them making a move with their assets. Young talent and 10 picks in next two years. This should be a fun year for Knick fans.
In Thibs we Trust ……. 2nd yr coming.
Washington is not letting Beal walk. Considering the age of their players. Moving Beal next yr seems like the right move. Washington can speed up the rebuild and get a lot of young talent. Move Bertrans too. At age 28 Beal is a player a lot of teams would bid for. So the trade would bring back a haul for Wiz.
He would, but no trading planned.
Celtics and Knicks should both be in the upper echelon of the East, at least competing for home court.
X-factor for NY is Barrett. If he takes a leap and Randle maintains his 3% and Kemba stays healthy then Knicks could be dangerous. If not they’re probably a tough regular season team that gets bounced in the first round again.
Schroder was good signing at that price but I think he’s better coming off the bench.
I felt the same way when he’s was here in LA.
Boston has Brown & Tatum who should be taking 20 shots a game each. Schroder would cut into that and he’s not a great off ball scorer.
I’d rather start Smart despite his 3 point struggles
Exactly. Let Schroeder take his 20 shots on the 2nd team. Start Josh Richardson for his D or Payton for his 3 point shooting along with Smart at point.
They have Al Horford slotted as the starting center. Schroeder, Richardson, Kanter, Hernangomez, Fernando, and Arcidiacono were great to reload for 2022.