One of the biggest storylines to keep an eye on for the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason is what will happen with Dennis Schroder. The starting guard is on an expiring contract and recently made it clear that he won’t be entertaining any contract offers until the offseason. Schroder isn’t an All-Star but he’s a very good player who could help a lot of teams.
However, he hasn’t been having a career year. He’s only averaging 15.1 points a game and hitting just 32.7% of his 3-point attempts. Those aren’t the numbers you want from a guy who is supposed to get paid around $20 million a year. Former NBA executive John Hollinger wrote in The Athletic that the Lakers might be happy down the road that Schroder didn’t sign the offer they made him:
With Schröder becoming an unrestricted free agent after the season, the Lakers even offered him a four-year extension in the ballpark of $20 million a year, according to a report by the New York Times’ Marc Stein. (The maximum L.A. can offer right now is $83.3 million over four years, plus another $10.7 million in incentives.)
That might be a dodged bullet for L.A. considering how it’s gone so far. While Schröder hasn’t been disastrous, neither has he jumped off the page as a player worthy of that pay bracket. With a PER of 13.3 and meh defensive impact, he’s played more like a midlevel exception guy.
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Lakers Will Likely Still Try to Sign Schroder
Schroder’s numbers haven’t been elite but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been important. He missed four games earlier in the season and the team lost all four despite having LeBron James for those games. It’s clear that he benefits the team.
He’s the Lakers’ third-leading scorer and a pesky defender. When they traded for him, the intent was to keep him long-term. Considering the fact that the team has already reportedly made him an offer, it’s hard to imagine they won’t try to give him a new contract this offseason.
Will Schroder Want to Stay?
It didn’t take long for Schroder to express interest in staying with the Lakers. He even went so far as to say he’d like to be with the team long-term. However, his tone recently changed when he said that he’s going to wait until the offseason to negotiate. So what went wrong?
What likely happened is that Schroder wasn’t happy with what the Lakers offered him. If the previously mentioned report from Stein is true, they offered him around $20 million a year. That’d be a big boost over the $15.5 million he’s making right now. That said, he clearly values himself more. He wants to stay in Los Angeles and even bought a house. He gets along with his teammates and has been a good fit. The problem is that the Lakers might not want to give him more than $20 million a year. Money could end up being what drives the two sides apart.
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