The Lakers roster, barring a Russell Westbrook trade, is actually locked in for the approaching season. After signing five free agents, picking up the team options of Stanley Johnson, Austin Reaves, and Wenyen Gabriel, drafting Max Christie, and inking Scotty Pippen Jr. and Cole Swider to two-way contracts, the pattern is full. But that does not imply the Lakers aren’t still considering bringing back Dennis Schroder.
On Tuesday, veteran NBA reporter Marc Stein reported that the Lakers are strongly considering bringing Schroder back into the fold.
“Re-signing free agent guard Dennis Schröder is a ‘legit consideration’ for the Lakers, league sources say, depending on how the remaining of their roster develops. After one season as a Laker, Schröder played for Boston and Houston in 2021-22.”
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Schroder spent the 2020-2021 season in Los Angeles. The purpose guard averaged 15.4 points per game and 5.8 assists per game. He wasn’t an efficient shooter (43.7% from the sphere & 33.5% from three), but was a key cog for a Lakers team that held the primary seed before Anthony Davis got injured.
The Lakers got ousted by the Suns in the primary round, with Schorder shooting just 40% from the sphere within the 4-2 series defeat.
Although he isn’t a marksman, having a veteran guard that may initiate the offensive could prove to be useful for the Lakers. Especially if Russell Westbrook gets shipped elsewhere.
Schorder famously declined a four-year, $84M extension from the Lakers, and after earning a meager $5.9M last 12 months, the free agent may very well be seeking to improve his standing within the league with one other run with LA.