NBA Rumors: Dennis Schroder Struggling Badly After Rejecting Massive Lakers Offer

Published 08/10/2021, 12:45 PM EDT
Mar 31, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) passes the ball as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and forward Khris Middleton (22) defend in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The addition of Russell Westbrook marked a successful outing in the market for the Lakers. The signing happened after the Lakers offloaded the likes of Kyle Kuzma and Dennis Schroder. Now, Frank Vogel’s side looks as devastating as ever! As the trade window near its close, some players are still running around in search of deals. One man, still on the lookout, is Schroder himself. The player parted ways with LA, but has found no new takers yet.

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Lakers and Schroder part ways after one year

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Dennis Schroder was part of the LA Lakers side in the 2020-21 season. He partnered the likes of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but had an underwhelming outing. In his 61 games, Schroder managed around 15.4 points on an average. Over and above, he failed to make the crucial lobs and assist passes to his teammates. Yet, the Lakers reportedly offered the 27-year-old a new contract, before the deal fell through.

The guard is now searching for a fresh start at a new franchise. His release allowed the Lakers to go in for Westbrook freely, and the yellow army will probably look back and give themselves a pat on the back. As for Schroder, the Boston Celtics have shown interest in acquiring his services. They are close to signing the player on a one-year deal, so Schroder will don green next year.

Schroder shocked at his own choice of rejecting LA’s offer

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Dennis Schroder is no more part of the Los Angeles Lakers setup, but not with no drama. Jeanie Buss’ side had apparently offered the youngster a mammoth $84 million offer, before Schroder opted out. The new contract would’ve seen him continuing at Los Angeles, thus making the inclusion of Russell Westbrook much more complicated. In the aftermath of his Lakers exit, however, Schroder is reportedly upset that he rejected the offer.

May 23, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) flies out of bounds as he goes for a loose ball against the Phoenix Suns in the second half during game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

According to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, the lack of offers has made Dennis Schroder look back in retrospect and regret his decision of leaving his ex-side. The source states, “He [Schroder] needs time. I think he’s in a state of shock because of what he’s done [turning down the Lakers’ $84m proposal].” 

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To sum things up, Schroder’s loss will be Lakers’ gain. In the future, the former Lakers player will aim to change his fortunes with the Boston Celtics. It will be interesting to see how Dennis Schroder’s exit affects both him and the team he parted ways with.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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