Dennis Schröder was expected to lead Team Germany later this summer in the Eurobasket qualifying round but it now appears that won’t be happening.
Sportando reports that Schröder will skip the tournament to focus on his new role as the starting point guard for the Atlanta Hawks. The move was announced by the Team Germany’s official Twitter account.
Translation: We must do this summer without @DennisMike93. Support of the #DBB in his most important season in #Atlanta. #DS17
„Wir unterstützen Dennis hundertprozentig und verzichten schweren Herzens auf seinen Einsatz in diesem Sommer" so Armin Andres, #DBB-Vize— Dt. Basketball Bund (@DBB_Basketball) July 26, 2016
Translation: "We fully support Dennis and renounce his commitment this summer with a heavy heart" says Armin Andres, #DBB speeches
Translation: "It changes nothing on my commitment for the German Nationalmannschaft.Olympia 2020 remains in focus!" so @DennisMike93 #DBB #DS17
Another factor that could have played into the decision is Schröder’s contract status. He is in line to be a restricted free agent at the end of next season and the Hawks had previously expressed interest in working out an extension.