Dennis Schroder is reportedly close to a return to the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year deal worth $2.64 million.
Schroder previously played for the Lakers in the 2020-2021 season when he averaged 15.4 points and 5.8 assists in 61 games.
The nine-year veteran split his time between the Boston Celtics and the Houston Rockets last season after being traded midseason. He averaged 14.4 points and 4.2 assists over the year.
The most interesting part of Schroder’s deal is the huge drop from the deal they offered him as a free agent just last year.
When he was a forthcoming free agent at the start of the 2021 offseason, LA had offered Schroder a four-year, $84 million deal.
Schroder’s cancellation made headlines and now his new deal is $80 million less than the original he was offered by the team in 2021.
Schroder said on his Instagram page on Friday: “The past year hasn’t felt right. I felt misunderstood and nobody really knew the story! I’m coming back to the biggest organization to get it right!’
Now, the upcoming signing raises even more questions about Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook’s future.
Westbrook’s name has been the subject of rumors throughout the offseason as the Lakers have reportedly attempted to move the veteran guard.
Schroder and Westbrook once played together for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2018-2019 season before Westbrook was traded to Houston.
The reunion could be short-lived, however, as the Lakers now have four players who can play the point guard position between Schroder, Westbrook, Kendrick Nunn and the player recently traded for Patrick Beverley. Not to mention a guy named Lebron James who can do just about anything.
However, it’s worth noting that the Lakers plan currently is not to use Schroder as the primary ball handler, but will allow him to function more as a goalscorer.