After months of speculation and hope for a major splash, the Brooklyn Nets refrained from adding a star-caliber talent such as Dejounte Murray at Thursday's trade deadline though they did still manage to bolster their heavily depleted backcourt depth with a trade for Dennis Schroder of the Toronto Raptors.
Acquired in exchange for the expiring contract of Spencer Dinwiddie, Jacque Vaughn's club will now see the veteran grace his talents out in the borough moving forward and, when asked during his first team press conference what he believes he'll bring to his new squad, the point guard highlighted his mentality and experience in the league as two major traits.
Dennis Schroder dishes on what he brings to the Brooklyn Nets
"It don't matter what the circumstances are, I just want to win. Having that mentality off doing it as a team, having a leader out there just, you know, talking to teammates, even if it's a bad situation, I'm always trying to be straightforward with guys and I want people to be the same way with me. If they see anything [that] I can do better just call it out and we can go from there. That's how I've been my whole career. It's just for great intentions, just for winning basketball and that's what I'll try to bring here."- Dennis Schroder
While he may not be the highly coveted star talent that Nets fans were looking for the team to acquire, Schroder is still a quality backcourt contributor who can provide many attributes this team has sorely been lacking in.
An 11-year veteran, throughout his career the point guard has established himself as a tremendous second-unit weapon who has been in the Sixth Man of the Year running on four separate occasions and, in 2019-20, finished second in the race for the hardware.
With scoring averages of 14.0 points per game for his career, the 30-year-old could provide a spark to Brooklyn's 10-worst scoring efforts while his 8.6 assists per 100 possessions could lead to cleaner looks at a bucket for the likes of top offensive weapons, Mikal Bridges and Cam Thomas.
Add in the fact that he also brings some much-needed ball handling skills and, though he might not be the sexiest of additions the Nets could have made, in many areas he has the capability of improving this team's productivity moving forward.