Dennis Schroeder is back with the Los Angeles Lakers. At his presentation, the German explained that, contrary to numerous media reports, there had been no contract offer in 2021. Schröder also spoke about his role in his new, old team.
Brian Windhorst (ESPN) reported at the time that the Lakers had offered Schröder a four-year extension worth $84 million in the spring of 2021. Schröder has now clarified: “There was no contract, I did not reject anything. That was a false report,” said the German at his presentation in El Segundo.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN In a sense, Schröder is not wrong. According to his sources, the Lakers wanted to negotiate a new contract in February 2021, but Schröder’s camp preferred to wait the summer. The Braunschweig native later joined the Boston Celtics and has now returned to the Lakers for a year and $2.64 million.
In 2021 the Lakers failed in the first playoff round at the Phoenix Suns, which should be better this time, so Schröder spoke of “unfinished business”. That was also a reason why he only signed for the minimum in Los Angeles.
Dennis Schröder wants to set things right
“It was all a bit strange back then. That’s why I said ‘I even play here for free’ to set things straight. (…) Of course it would have been great if I had signed a big deal in the long term and it’s still my goal. In the end I can’t change it and I will give everything to help my teammates and win games.”
With head coach Darvin Ham, the 29-year-old meets another old acquaintance. Ham was already an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks in 2013 when Schröder was called up. “The most important people are still here and there is also a technical staff that I have known for nine years. I felt very comfortable here today,” said Schröder. “We still need to work on the chemistry a bit, I’ve never played with a few guys. But that’s my job as a point guard, to bring everyone together.”
Schröder played 61 games for the Lakers in 2020/21, averaging 15.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists. Schröder sank 43.1 percent of his throws and 33.5 percent from a distance.
Dennis Schröder: His stats in the NBA
|team||spell||Points||FG (percent)||3FG (percent)||assists||bounce back|