NBA reporter Marc Stein believes that the LA Lakers are ready to move on from Dennis Schroder as their point guard.
Schroder is an unrestricted free agent entering the 2021-22 off-season. The Lakers point guard declined an $80M extension earlier this year. Reports suggested that Schroder communicated a demand for $100M-$120M in his free agency.
The 27-year old’s demands seem inconsistent with his performances on the court. The Lakers point guard had a substandard performance in the 2021 playoffs. The German basketball player averaged 14.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG, and 2.8 APG on a 40% shooting from the field and a dismal 30.8% from the 3-point line.
Schroder had the worst playoff performance in Lakers’ history during Game Five of the first round. The Lakers point guard went scoreless in Game Five and had 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Schroder was -17 from the field that night.
The point guard could not step up in the midst of a rusty LeBron James and injured Anthony Davis. The franchise’s decision to part ways with Danny Green for Schroder clearly didn’t go as planned.
American sportswriter Marc Stein believes the Lakers would not sign Schroder owing to his exorbitant demands.
The LA Lakers and Dennis Schroder might part ways this upcoming 2021-22 NBA season.
The LA Lakers had a disappointing 2020-21 season with their superstar duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis struggling with injuries, followed by a disappointing first-round exit in the playoffs.
The supporting cast of the Lakers failed to step up during the crucial times of the series. The backcourt consisting of Schroder and KCP shot extremely poor from the field.
This leading to a lot of speculations of the Lakers not planning to re-sign with the German basketball player, especially due to his unrealistic financial demands if reports are to be believed.
Report: Dennis Schroder thinks he’s $100M player, while Lakers see him as 6th man and are ready to move on https://t.co/jqnjfwLIjE
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) July 25, 2021
According to Marc Stein, “The easiest thing would be re-signing Dennis Schroder, but Dennis Schroder wants crazy money,” Stein said.
“Dennis Schroder thinks he’s a $100M player. He’s already turned down an extension in the $80 millions, and the vibe from the Lakers really is, I think they’d rather move on from Schroder. I don’t think they see Schroder as a starter. I think they like him as a Sixth Man, but they want something more out of their main backcourt guy.”
The 27-year old averaged 15.4 PPG, 5.8 APG, and 1.1 SPG on a 43.7% shooting from the field during the regular season.
There is no doubt that Schroder is one of the most talented players in the league. However, his demands seem inconsistent with his performances.