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Schroder at the Lakers, Harden in Brooklyn?

While the transfer market opens this Monday in the NBA, the latest rumors send Dennis Schroder to the Lakers, and James Harden to Brooklyn.

While the transfer market opens this Monday in the NBA, the latest rumors send Dennis Schroder to the Lakers, and James Harden to Brooklyn.

The free player market kicks off in the NBA on Friday, but for those on contract, it begins this Monday, 36 days before the 2020-21 season kicks off. And ESPN revealed two rumors this Sunday: the possibility of seeing Dennis Schroder signing with the Lakers and James Harden in Brooklyn. The arrival of the 27-year-old German leader among the 2020 champions seems to be on the right track, and an agreement in principle could even be found as early as Monday.

Arriving in Oklahoma City in 2018 from Atlanta, which had drafted him in 2013, Schroder still has one year of contract at $ 15.5 million. But the Thunder could agree to transfer him, in exchange for Danny Green, two-time reigning NBA champion and the Lakers’ 28th draft pick. Schroder has just had a good season with OKC: 18.9 points, 4 assists and 3.6 rebounds on average in the regular season and 17.3 points, 3.6 assists and 3.7 rebounds in the play-offs, with one elimination against Houston at stake.

A “big three” in Brooklyn?

Houston, in fact, could well see its iconic star of recent seasons, James Harden, leave. While his friend Russell Westbrook has already told his leaders of his desire to leave, the “Bearded” is not certain to stay. According to ESPN, he has already discussed with his former Oklahoma City teammate Kevin Durant a possible visit to Brooklyn. The Nets, who have not yet been able to benefit from the talent of Durant, injured all last season, would be ready to strike a big blow by bringing in Harden to form a “big three” with Kyrie Irving, author of a first season halftone in Brooklyn.

James Harden (31) is under contract until 2023 (the last season being an option player) with the Rockets, or 132 million dollars. Suffice to say that the Nets should trade him with very good players (LeVert? Dinwiddie?) For the Rockets to accept the transaction. Harden (34.3pts, 6.6rbds and 7.5bds on average in the last regular, 29.6pts, 5.6rbds and 7.7pds in the play-offs) believes that winning a title in the next few years with the Rockets will be complicated, and that Brooklyn is more likely to shine. But the two franchises have to find an agreement, which does not seem easy.