Four days after the start of free agency the NBA and the Boston Celtics failed to cause a stir. The same could be said for Los Angeles Lakers free agent Dennis Schroder, who turned down a four-year, $ 84 million contract extension last season from the Lakers to pursue a contract north of $ 100 million. dollars on the open market.
With the Celtics’ crying need in the backcourt and Schroder’s hopes to cash in quickly, could the perfect marriage be setting in Beantown? According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, preliminary discussions between the Celtics and the Lakers starter have taken place.
“The Celtics had conversations with free agent Dennis Schroder, by @JakeLFischer,” via Guy Boston Sports.
Schroder, 27, has just finished a campaign in Los Angeles despite only holding full-time for the third time in his eight-year career. His outing was still solid, scoring 15.4 points per game. That said, he saw a drop in almost every major statistical outing, without assists, of which he averaged 5.8 per game (most since 2017).
The German native is just one season away from second place behind then-big-man Los Angeles Clippers Montrezl Harrell in the sixth man of the year vote, where he produced 18.9 points per game while achieving a career record 38.5% beyond the arc.
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Schroder envisioned a monster deal
Armin Andres, Vice-President of the German Basketball Federation, reported in late June that not only was Schroder looking for a $ 100 million to $ 120 million free agency deal, but he would more than likely sign such a deal.
“Dennis Schroder made it clear: he wants 100, 120 million – which he will probably get too – and that sum cannot be assured in the normal market at the moment,” Andres said on the Abteilung Basketball podcast, via Manuel Baraniak.
The odds of Schroder converting on those lofty contract targets have almost dissipated, as his market seems to be shrinking more and more with each passing day. There was a huge movement at the guardhouse across the NBA landscape last week. In turn, the number of landing points previously perceived for Schroder has steadily declined.
SchrÃ¶der’s market is drying up?
As Celtics fans are probably well versed, their team’s former playmaker Kemba Walker returns to his old playing field. The Bronx native is set to join the New York Knicks following a buyout of contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Walker will once again team up with last year’s teammate Evan Fournier, who Boston failed to re-sign despite the Frenchman expressing his openness to a Celtics return.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic Division, the Chicago Bulls have completely reworked their backcourt with the additions of Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan. Not to mention, a return to the Lakers became more difficult after the successful trade for Russell Westbrook.