Committed to a salary of over $ 109 million for the 2021-22 season, the Los Angeles Lakers will prioritize retaining their own free agents next summer, and it looks like one of them is already on the inside The track is: Dennis Schroder.
In December, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Lakers offered Schroder a two-year, $ 33.4 million contract, the most he could offer at the time. While Schroder reportedly turned down that offer, the 27-year-old point guard has said he would “love” to be in the right conditions in Los Angeles, and he doubled down on that proclamation on Tuesday.
“From day one, it felt like we’re together for a month or two,” Schroder said. “Chemistry is amazing. This is why I think I want to stay here for a long time, but as I said earlier, it is always fair on both ends. If it is appropriate, I have no problem. This is going to be great for the long term here to be sure. “
Schroder has the lowest points per game (14.3 PPG) he has used on average since the 2015–16 season and the lowest usage percentage (22.5%) since his rookie year, starting with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. ) is. However, he still considers the Lakers an ideal long-term fit due to the team’s cut.
“I’ve been on really, really good teams … but here, in LA — the organization, my teammates, and especially the coaches — everybody’s just having fun, and I’ve never experienced that,” Schroder he said. “Like, we’re having fun, but at the same time, we’ve become serious and got to work. That’s what we’re doing and I’ve never been a part of it before.
“I am happy and thankful that I am on this team and this organization and I can go out every night and kick some ass and just play. I think right now, we are still learning, we are still in progress, but we can still be better… it can be better from here. “
The Lakers will be able to offer Schröder a more attractive deal on 16 February. Unless there are sour things between the two sides now and then, expect them to work fairly quickly.
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