The Los Angeles Lakers today re-signed 29-year-old free agent Dennis Schroder, who will stay with the Lakers until the end of the 2022-2023 season.
Schroder, who joined the Lakers in 2020, appeared in 61 regular-season games, averaging 15.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.2 blocks per game in 32.1 minutes. He shot 33.5 percent from 3-point range and 43.7 percent from the field, while also helping the Lakers make the playoffs.
At that time, the Lakers were willing to offer him a high-paying long-term extension contract worth more than $80 million, but Schroder chose to refuse and left the Lakers as a free agent the following year. Soon after, the Lakers and the Washington Wizards completed a blockbuster deal to introduce veteran guard Russell Westbrook and sent three players and three draft picks.
Schroder signed a one-year, $5.9 million contract with the Boston Celtics after leaving the Lakers. He played in just 49 games last season and averaged 14.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting 44 percent overall. He was then traded by the Celtics to the Houston Rockets last season and entered free agency again after the contract ended, waiting for a contract.
However, Schroeder became the team’s scoring leader by averaging 21.6 points and 7.3 assists per game for the German national team in this year’s EuroBasket. Although the German team lost to Spain in the semifinals, Schroeder’s superb performance has attracted the attention of many NBA teams.
Because the Lakers could not make room for salary, they used a mid-level exception to sign 23-year-old guard Lonnie Walker, thereby signing the German guard who played in the NBA for 9 seasons on a minimum veteran salary contract. Schroder is also willing to sign a one-year, $2.64 million contract to return to the Lakers, and new Lakers coach Darwin Hamm also served as the team’s assistant when Schroder played for the Atlanta Hawks. Coach, this also laid a stable cornerstone for this re-cooperation.
However, the Lakers currently have 3 starting guard-level players, namely veteran Westbrook, 34-year-old Patrick Beverley and Schroder, plus Walker and 27-year-old Kendrick in the rotation. Guards like Nunn and 24-year-old Austin Reeves created a crowded backcourt. It is predicted that the Lakers are likely to trade Westbrook, who is regarded as a burden by everyone, but this worthless chip will make the Lakers lose their future first-round picks, which is naturally an unwelcome result of the Lakers’ trade.
If Westbrook cannot be successfully traded out before the start of fall training camp in late September, Lakers coach Hamm will need to consider the choice of starting guard. It is expected that Westbrook, who is almost abandoned, will serve as a backup guard in the new season .