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The LA Lakers are reportedly considering signing free-agent point guard Dennis Schroder.
NBA insider Marc Stein reported a reunion with Schroder is really a “legit consideration” because the Lakers try to form their roster for the 2022-23 season.
Schroder split time with the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets last season after leaving the Lakers in free agency. He famously rejected a four-year, $84 million extension offer from the Lakers through the 2020-21 season, a move that proved financially catastrophic. The Celtics signed him to a one-year, $5.9 million deal last offseason, and he’s probably likely to make the veteran’s minimum on his next deal.
Schroder, who said he never “easily fit into” with the Lakers, in addition has taken to social media marketing requesting a reunion within an apparent mea culpa.
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Signing Schroder will be a natural move if the Lakers ultimately find yourself getting a suitor for Russell Westbrook, who has been shopped to no avail through the entire offseason. The Lakers lost their pie-in-the-sky imagine trading for Kyrie Irving on Tuesday, because the Brooklyn Nets announced Kevin Durant had rescinded his trade request and can progress with the team.
It had been long thought that the Nets would wait before Durant situation sorted itself out prior to making a move ahead Irving, who’s KD’s chosen running mate in Brooklyn.
The perfect fit now is apparently a trade with the Indiana Pacers that could send guard Buddy Hield and center Myles Turner to LA in trade for Westbrook and future draft picks. That deal appeared dead in the water on the Lakers’ refusal to trade two future picks with Westbrook, but it’s possibleif not likelythey will revisit the talks given that the Irving deal is fully gone.
Schroder would then easily fit into as a Westbrook replacement and potentially have the ability to rehabilitate his image before hitting free agency again in 2023.