Who the Orlando Magic could target for a trade in the Northwest Division

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Dennis Schroder, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic
Dennis Schroder and the Oklahoma City Thunder found a home in the lane, tearing up the Orlando Magic’s defense. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Oklahoma City Thunder: Dennis Schroder

Dennis Schroder has established himself as an important offensive player for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He averaged 18.9 points per game this season while shooting 46.9-percent from the field and 38.5-percent from three.

At 6-foot-1 he is more suited to the point guard position but he can also be used at shooting guard. He brings plenty of energy, is a capable passer and can go either inside or score from the perimeter.

There were serious question marks over his defense in previous seasons but he has steadily improved. Schroder cannot be depended on for his defense but he is no longer as much of a liability as he has been in previous seasons.

Oklahoma City surprised many this past season and finished fifth in the Western Conference. But with a phenomenal amount of draft picks coming up thanks to the Paul George trade with the LA Clippers, it is likely the franchise will start to rebuild soon meaning their team could change considerably.

Their decision to part ways with coach Billy Donovan and the uncertain contract status of Chris Paul after his reclamation season has Oklahoma City asking a lot of questions right now.

Orlando could look to capitalize on that by going for Schroder. He only has one year left on his contract anyway, like Fournier if he takes up his player option, but would provide some freshness and energy in the backcourt for Orlando while Oklahoma City would also be getting a good offensive player for a year in return.

Schroder showed what he could do as a primary offensive option with the Atlanta Hawks. He topped off there at 19.4 points per game in 2018. But questions abounded about his leadership in his final season in Atlanta.

Schroder might be a better option as a reserve or secondary scorer rather than a primary one. He might get that opportunity with the Magic with a more balanced scoring attack around him.

The Magic would be losing their starting shooting guard but could implement plenty of rotation at the position between Markelle Fultz, Dennis Schroder and Terrence Ross. It would be an interesting change in the backcourt and could help boost an offense which is lacking, though with Chris Paul’s future still unclear it might be Oklahoma City soon wants Schroder as its starting point guard.