Dennis Schroder is in a weird situation where apparently he may have lost out an $84 million contract from the Los Angeles Lakers.
Schroder seemed to be in a perfect position entering the 2020-21 NBA season. After absolutely balling out with the Oklahoma City Thunder the year before, he was in an ideal scenario where he landed with the reigning champions Los Angeles Lakers in a trade.
Los Angeles was more than willng to give Schroder a contract extension as they believed that his Sixth Man of the Year worthy form from the earlier year would translate over. That didn’t happen as Schroder wanted much more money, and now he’s lost all of it, signing a one-year $5.9 million deal.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 10, 2021
However, Jay Williams believes that this narrative is false.
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Jay Williams Believes The Lakers Never Offered Dennis Schroder $84 Million
How much money were the Lakers willing to pay Schroder? Well, reports have come out that the Lakers were willing to offer the German guard a four-year $84 million contract.
However, Schorder wanted more. He wanted the Lakers to come up to $100 million because he felt he deserved that much. However, Schroder turned in a disappointing performance in the playoffs where he averaged 14.3 points per game while only shooting 40% from the field and 30% of the field.
After that, the Lakers swung some deals for other players and didn’t have the cap space to afford Schroder anymore. No other team was in favor of giving Schroder a big contract either, so he had to end up signing for the mid-level exception as he literally didn’t have any other options.
However, according to Jay Williams this isn’t true. The Lakers never even offered Schroder that much, and the whole thing appears to be a myth.
A lot comments abt Dennis Schroder lately “turning down 4yr 84 mil”. But what I’m hearing from a credible source is that there was never an “official” offer made. Interesting!
— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) August 12, 2021
However, this doesn’t seem to be the case given Schroder’s reaction, and the fact that he apparently went into a state of shock after signing with the Celtics on a low deal. His wife even defended him among all the ‘trolling’ and attacking comments he received.