Dennis Schröder returns to the Lakers on a one-year deal
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.—Point guard Dennis Schröder is back for a second stint with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Schröder’s agency, Priority Sports, announced the deal Friday on social media. Schröder confirmed this with a post on Instagram.
The German keeper spent the 2020-21 season with LeBron James and the Lakers, averaging 15.4 points and 5.8 assists per game. Los Angeles offered him a four-year contract extension worth more than $80 million during the season, but he apparently turned it down to seek more money in free agency.
But Schröder hit the market and signed a $5.9 million deal with the Boston Celtics, who then traded him to Houston late last season on a deal with Daniel Theis. .
“This past year hasn’t gone well…I felt misunderstood and no one really knew the story!” Schröder wrote on Friday. “I’m coming back to the greatest organization to fix (things)! I hope LakerNation will support me every day! I will give everything I have every day!
Schröder is averaging 14.2 points and 4.7 assists per game over nine National Basketnall Association seasons with five teams, excelling as a candle keeper who can score or create.
His agency announced the deal shortly after Schröder’s German national team lost to Spain in the EuroBasket semi-finals. Schröder had 30 points on 11-of-17 shooting and eight assists in the loss.
Schröder’s return leaves the Lakers with a packed backcourt behind Russell Westbrook, who has survived nearly a full offseason of trade speculation and is expected to make $47 million this year after a disappointing first year with his hometown team.
Newcomers Patrick Beverley and Lonnie Walker IV and survivors Kendrick Nunn and Austin Reaves are also on the list. Schröder, Beverley, Nunn and Westbrook can all play point guards.
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