Guard Dennis Schroder, a free agent, and the Los Angeles Lakers are close to agreeing to a one-year, $2.64 million contract, according to Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports, who represents Schroder.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski sources, the Lakers’ managing partner Rob Pelinka and new coach Darvin Ham recently contacted Russell Westbrook to let him know that they intended to sign a seasoned guard to the team’s 14th roster spot.
While playing for the Lakers in 2020–21, Dennis Schroder averaged 15.4 points and nearly six assists per game while rejecting an extension for more than $80 million.
However, he later struggled in free agency and had to settle for a $5.9 million one-year contract with the Boston Celtics. As a productive player for the Celtics, Schroder averaged 14.4 points and 4.2 assists in 29 minutes per game before being moved to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Daniel Theis. He played only 15 games for the Rockets.
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Schroder, who turned 29 this week, has averaged 14.2 points and 4.7 assists over the course of his nine NBA seasons. Five of those seasons were spent playing for the Atlanta Hawks.
The announcement follows Schroder and Germany’s defeat by Spain in their semifinal EuroBasket 2022 matchup. With a victory versus Poland, Germany will be able to capture the bronze medal at EuroBasket, largely thanks to Schroder, who led all scorers with 30 points on Friday.
Pelinka stated to announce the deal that read, that they are tremendously thrilled to welcome Dennis Schröder back to the Lakers. He added that Dennis and Coach Ham have a shared past as players and coaches, and they both exhibit a fiercely competitive intensity that reflects one another. Dennis will strengthen our core at the guard position by adding depth and an active defensive presence. He has also shown to be a capable scorer and facilitator. After his extremely successful offseason with his national team, we are eager for Dennis to report to camp and begin working in L.A.