When Atlanta traded Jeff Teague to the Pacers this offseason, the move seemed to clearly signal that this was the beginning of Dennis Schroder’s time as a starting point guard. The departures of Teague and Al Horford formed the beginning of a real roster shakeup for the Hawks.
Wednesday signalled the final points of that plan as Schroder signed a four-year contract extension with the team. His $70 million extension ensures that the young guard will be around for a while in the ATL.
The 23-year-old announced the news on his social media accounts and expressed excitement about the opportunities there for him with the franchise.
The deal helps both sides as the new starting guard could have been a restricted free agent after this season if they hadn’t come to an agreement.
Shroder said in a statement: “Since coming from Germany as a rookie, this organization and the entire city of Atlanta has embraced me and watched me grow. I would like to thank my teammates, the coaching staff and the front office for having faith in me.”
The Umlaut was drafted at number 17 overall in the 2013 draft. Many observers praised the selection because of the defensive potential already apparent with their prospect.
In the last few years, the Hawks have seen their guard mature into a sure ball-handler and a potent pick and roll organiser.
Now the challenge for the German-born player will be in extending his play to a new level and making the most of his newfound relationship with Dwight Howard.