Soon after the Hawks acquired Young in a draft-night trade, general manager Travis Schlenk said Young and Schroder can play together in a small lineup. With veteran leader Kent Bazemore as the incumbent starter at shooting guard, the most likely scenario is for Young to play off the bench alongside Schroder for a few minutes before taking over the point when Schroder takes a seat.
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“It’s understandable when you come into the league you want to jump right in right away,” Pierce said. “When you have to go through a little of the growing pains, whether it’s minutes or playing behind a guy or maybe it’s just not having the amount of success you initially thought — that’s what young guys do. There’s the impatience and the wanting to be better quicker. We talk about not skipping steps.”
Schroder hasn’t commented publicly since the news conference in Germany. Earlier this month Schroder joined some of his Hawks teammates for informal workouts at the team’s practice facility. Schroder currently is playing for the German national team in FIBA European qualifying.
Pierce said he’s confident Schroder will work well with Young when he returns.
“Talking to Dennis, he’s excited,” Pierce said. “He was excited about who were going to end up with in the draft and he was excited about where we are headed. I talked to him about playing with Trae and with the other guys. He’s back in Germany with his national team but he’s also excited about the guys that we have.”
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