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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 07: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers protects the ball from Dennis Schroder #71 and Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics during a 117-102 Lakers win at Staples Center on December 07, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

According to Shams Charania in a new column for The Athletic, “rival teams” believe that the Boston Celtics are opten to potential trade discussions involving point guard Dennis Schröder.

Originally signing a one-year deal with the C’s in the offseason, Schröder has played 26 out of 27 games so far in the 2021-22 season, including 17 starts. He’s averaged 33.4 minutes per game with 17.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 4.9 assists.

Schröder has started the Celtics’ last five games and seen an uptick in minutes amid the latest injury absence for Jaylen Brown. He’s averaged 20.2 points and 5.4 assists in that span.

Celtics President of Basketball Ops Brad Stevens showed a willingness to wheel & deal in his first offseason leading the front office. He notably traded Kemba Walker and a first-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Al Horford and Moses Brown. He later traded Brown to the Mavericks in exchange for Josh Richardson.

Stevens also packaged trade exceptions with Tristan Thompson in order to acquire Kris Dunn and Bruno Fernando in a three-team trade with the Hawks and Kings, then spun off Dunn with Carsen Edwards in a trade for Juancho Hernangomez.

Wednesday, Dec. 15 marks the first date that many players across the NBA would be eligible for trades in the first place. Schröder and center Enes Freedom are the Celtics on that list.

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It’ll be interesting to see if Stevens is willing to make more moves at the 2021 NBA trade deadline, which falls on Feb. 10. This Shams report sounds like it’s coming from everyone but the Celtics, but perhaps conversations have been had.

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