More information has surfaced regarding the the Sixers' alleged trade deadline talks with the Atlanta Hawks that centered around point guards Jeff Teague and Dennis Shroder. Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Sixers offered Atlanta "some combination" of Ish Smith, Nik Stauskas, a 2016 first round pick and the expiring contract of JaKarr Sampson in exchange for Schroder.
Pompey reported the Hawks' uncertainty of re-signing Smith following this season led to Atlanta declining the offer. Smith will undoubtedly seek a sizable salary increase from his minimum salary in an exploding cap boom. With that, Pompey's source suggests the Sixers and Hawks will once again explore deals centered around Schroeder during this June's draft, with Philadelphia prepared to offer Schroder a max contract before his rookie deal expires after the 2016-17 season.
Schroder is amidst a nice season as the Hawks' backup point guard, posting 11.7 points, 4.7 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 21 minutes per game. He's shooting 34.3 percent from three while launching triples at a higher rate this season, 3.2 attempts per game as opposed to 1.9 a year ago.
The Sixers have been linked to Schroder dating back to when he was drafted in 2013. Some around the league have suggested Sam Hinkie thoroughly considered selecting Schroder instead of Carter-Williams at No. 11 before the German point guard fell to the Hawks at 17.
Schroder is still just 22 years old and will make $2.7 million this season. Acquiring the ball handler this offseason would hypothetically allow the Sixers to negotiate early bird extensions in October.