Shaquille O’Neal Takes a Dig at Dennis Schroder for Rejecting Lakers’ Previous Offer

Published 08/11/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 05: Former professional basketball player/author Shaquille O’Neal speaks on stage during LIVE from the NYPL: Shaquille O’Neal held at the New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwartzman Building on October 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Getty Images)


The Los Angeles Lakers did not enjoy a great post-season last year as they lost to Phoenix in the first round. Much of the blame went on their new signings’ poor performances. Notably, Dennis Schroder faced the heat for his poor showing against Phoenix.

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Previously, Schroder was looking for a $100 million-plus contract with the Lakers. However, the Lakers did not offer him that. Now, as he has signed a one-year deal with the Celtics for a much lower sum, former Laker, Shaquille O’Neal, did not wait to speak his mind.

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Shaq takes a dig at Dennis Schroder

Well, we all know that if there is any drama, Shaq is the perfect marketer for it. He took to Instagram to highlight how Dennis rejected an $84 million offer from the Lakers and signed a $5.9 million deal with the Celtics. Moreover, the Lakers deal would have kept him for 4 years, potentially adding a couple of championships to his resume.

Now, not only is Dennis Schroder going to make much less money, but he may also have lost his chance at winning a championship. Earlier, there were rumors that the Lakers would let him go. But, because of his poor off-season, his value declined tremendously, and now, he has signed only a one-year contract with the Celtics.

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

Just to put the financial part into perspective, Schroder could have made 4 times what he will make right now. Moreover, he would have stability in his career as he would be in LA for 4 years. There is no doubt that Schroder is a skillful player, but this will not sit well in his name.

But, with this move, who is the real winner?

Who won, Boston 0r Los Angeles?

While Schroder had a bad postseason, that does not take away from what he is capable of. He is a reliable scorer behind other stars. He averaged 14 points and 6 assists in the regular season with the Lakers. Moreover, with the Celtics losing on Fournier, Schroder will come in big.

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The duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will benefit from having a point guard like him on the team.

Mar 25, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) gets past Philadelphia 76ers forward Danny Green (14) for a basket in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

On the other hand, the Lakers are not losers either. With their new signings, they have created an outstanding balance in their roster. Notably, the signing of Russell Westbrook has added some major firepower to the Lakers. Hence, both teams are winners in this situation.

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Do you think Dennis Schroder can redeem himself with the Boston Celtics? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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