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Dennis Schroder, who is notorious for turning down an extension that was supposedly for $84 million over four years, is returning to the Lakers for one year at a salary of $2.64 million.
On Friday, September 16, veteran guard Dennis Schroder was officially welcomed back to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The club issued a statement confirming the signing but did not elaborate on the conditions of the deal. Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports, who represents Schroder, revealed to ESPN that the agreement is for one year and will pay him $2.64 million.
On Thursday, Schroder celebrated his 29th birthday. While playing for the Lakers in the 2020-2021 season, he is notoriously known for declining an extension that was supposedly worth $84 million over the course of four years.
As a free agent, Schroder ended up agreeing to play for the Boston Celtics for one season at a salary of $5.9 million. Before being dealt to the Houston Rockets, he played 49 games for the Boston Celtics, averaging 14.4 points and 4.2 assists per contest.
In 15 games played for Houston, he had a scoring average of 10.9 points and an assist average of 5.9.
Now, he is reunited with Darvin Ham, who was an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks when Schroder played for them from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018. Ham is the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Rob Pelinka, general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers, issued a statement in which he said, “We are incredibly delighted to welcome back Dennis Schroder to the Lakers.” Not only does Dennis and coach Ham have a history of working together as players and coaches, but they also represent one another’s ethos of tenacity and strong competitiveness in equal measure.
Dennis will provide both depth and an on-ball defensive presence for us at the guard position, which is a vital position for our team. He has also demonstrated his ability as a scorer and a facilitator. After a very successful run with his national team during the offseason, we are looking forward to seeing Dennis get back to work in Los Angeles and report to training camp.
Schroder played 61 games for the Lakers during the season, and he finished with an average of 15.4 points and 5.8 assists.
In his nine years in the NBA, Schroder has played for the Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder (2018-2019 to 2019-2020), Lakers, Celtics, and Rockets. In those 621 games, he has made 267 starts and has a career average of 14.2 points and 4.7 assists per contest.
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