NBA star in ‘state of shock’ with $114m decision backfiring horribly
The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
Free agent point guard Dennis Schroder is seemingly having a tough time with the fallout from his decision to decline the AUD$114 million (USD$84 million) extension the Lakers offered him in March.
“I think he’s in a state of shock because of what he’s done,” a source told the Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy about how Schroder feels months after his choice.
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The 27-year-old was dealt to Los Angeles from Oklahoma City last off-season. He excelled in his starting role with the Lakers and worked well alongside veterans LeBron James and Anthony Davis. However, Schroder thought he could work out a bigger deal.
When the free agency window opened on August 2, teams didn’t gravitate toward Schroder as expected — and the Lakers wasted no time trading for point guard Russell Westbrook from the Wizards, along with a slew of veteran stars, closing the door on a possible Schroder return.
Though the market for starting point guards is slim, Schroder found a temporary home in Boston, signing a one-year deal with the Celtics for the AUD$8 million exception following Kemba Walker’s departure to the Knicks, according to ESPN.
Dennis Schroder represented the Los Angeles Lakers last season alongside LeBron James.Source:Getty Images
On Tuesday, NBA reporter Jordan Schultz reported that Boston offered Schroder a one-year deal at the taxpayer $8 million mid-level exception.
However, Schroder reportedly wants the full MLE, which is $12.9 million, and a second-year player option. The Celtics don’t want to be pressed to exceed the cap, Schultz reported.
With the Lakers, Schroder averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting 43.7 per cent from the field. He’s become a solid two-way player with playmaking abilities and could add depth to the Celtics alongside Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
The caveat with Boston acquiring Schroder is his desire to be a starting point guard. If he’s brought on behind Smart, it’s possible he could run into chemistry and relationship issues in Boston — something the team has dealt with at the point guard position since Kyrie Irving’s Celtics stint.
After two impressive years of coming off the bench in Oklahoma City, Schroder dismissed the idea of a bench role when he joined the Lakers.
“I did this off the bench stuff already the last two years in OKC. I think with LeBron and AD, I can be helpful as a starter in the PG position,” he said in December last year.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission
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