Lakers ‘closer to shocking $2.64M one-year deal for free agent Dennis Schroder’ after rejecting $84M extension in 2021 – potential move casts more doubt over Russell Westbrook’s future in LA
- Dennis Schroder on verge of $2.64 million deal to return to Lakers
- During the 2021 offseason he turned down a four-year, $84 million contract with LA
- The potential addition of Schroder now gives the Lakers a dead end at guard
Dennis Schroder is reportedly nearing a return to the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year, $2.64 million contract.
Schroder previously played for the Lakers in the 2020-2021 season, when he averaged 15.4 points and 5.8 assists in 61 games.
The nine-year veteran split time last season between the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets after being traded midway through the season. He averaged 14.4 points and 4.2 assists on the year.
Free agent Dennis Schroder reportedly on the verge of returning to the Los Angeles Lakers
The most interesting part of Schroder’s contract is the mountain-sized departure from the deal he was offered in free agency just last year.
When he was an impending free agent at the start of the 2021 offseason, LA had offered Schroder a four-year contract worth $84 million.
Schroder’s dismissal made headlines, and now his new deal is more than $80 million less than the team originally offered him in 2021.
Deal raises even more questions about Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook’s future
The impending signing now brings even more questions about the future of Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook’s name has been in the rumor mill throughout the offseason as the Lakers have reportedly been trying to move the veteran guard.
Schroder and Westbrook once played together for the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2018-2019 season before Westbrook was traded to Houston.
The reunion may be short-lived, however, as the Lakers now have four players who can play the point guard position between Schroder, Westbrook, Kendrick Nunn and the recent trade for Patrick Beverley. Not to mention a guy named Lebron James who can do just about anything.
It’s worth noting, however, that as of now the Lakers’ plan is not to use Schroder as the primary ball handler and will allow him to function more as a scorer.
Schroder drives to the basket while playing for Germany in the FIBA Euro basketball quarterfinals