Dennis Schroder's future with the Atlanta Hawks looks to be in serious doubt after some interesting recent comments and bizarre social media activity.
In a press conference with the German Basketball Federation in his homeland, the point guard stated that he will be speaking with the front office to discuss which direction the team is going in after they finished 14th in the Eastern Conference this season.
“I want to compete. I cannot be second-to-last in the Eastern Conference," he said.
“I don’t know what the organization has in mind, that’s why I am going back in a week. Of course, Atlanta is my city, I was drafted there, have a lot of memories, but like I said, I have to look individually what’s best for me.”
Schroder followed up these comments by deleting all Hawks-related posts on his Instagram as well as unfollowing the team.
In this social media-driven age, it unsurprisingly sparked some controversy and led many to jump to the conclusion that the 24-year-old will be leaving Atlanta this summer.
The German, however, tried to clear things up with another IG post explaining why he deleted photos of himself in a Hawks jersey.
It was a rather vague explanation from Schroder and not many people were buying it as they still believe he's destined to depart the franchise.
The young guard averaged 19.4 points, 6.2 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game but despite his strong numbers, his team finished with the worst record in the east at 24-58.
Schroder is already thinking about teams he can join and has two destinations in mind if he is to leave ATL.
“Of course I have my thoughts and my friends with other teams," he said. "For example, Indiana wouldn’t be too bad, Milwaukee wouldn’t be too bad. Those are two teams you can say that organisation is going in the right direction.”
He currently has three years and $46.5 million left on his deal with the Hawks which is a decent contract in today's market.
Atlanta also fired head coach Mike Budenholzer at the end of the season and recently appointed former Philadelphia 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce to take over.
The meeting between Schroder and the Hawks top brass should provide more clarity on the future of their best player but he's made his feelings clear on what he wants.
He is keen to compete for a championship but the team is obviously in a rebuilding phase which could continue for a few years.
If the five-year man isn't prepared to be part of it, his exit seems inevitable.
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