Free agent guard Dennis Schroder is inking a one-year, $2.64 million deal to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, his Priority Sports agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN on Friday.
Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and new coach Darvin Ham have reached out to Russell Westbrook in recent days to let him know they plan to sign an experienced guard for the team’s 14th roster spot, sources told Adrian ESPN’s Wojnarowski.
Ham and Schroder spent five seasons together with the Atlanta Hawks.
“We are very pleased to welcome Dennis Schröder back to the Lakers,” Pelinka said in a statement announcing the signing. “Dennis and Coach Ham not only share a common player-coach history, but also reflect each other’s mentality of toughness with an extremely competitive advantage. Dennis will bring depth to our core in defense as well as a defensive presence on the ball. He is also a proven goalscorer and playmaker. We are very excited to have Dennis come to camp and get back to work in LA after his hugely successful run with his national team this off-season.
Schroder averaged 15.4 points and nearly six assists during his 2020-21 season with the Lakers and turned down over $80 million in overtime during the season.
However, he later struck out at free hand, ultimately settling on a one-year contract with the Boston Celtics for $5.9 million. Schroder produced for the Celtics, averaging 14.4 points and 4.2 assists in 29 minutes per game, but was traded to the Houston Rockets in a deal for Daniel Theis. He only played 15 games for the Rockets.
Schroder, who turned 29 earlier this week, has career averages of 14.2 points and 4.7 assists over nine seasons in the NBA. Five of those seasons came with the Atlanta Hawks
The news comes hours after Schroder and Germany lost to Spain in a EuroBasket 2022 semi-final match. Schroder, who led all scorers in Friday’s game with 30 points, played a key role in Germany’s deep EuroBasket run and puts them in position to win a bronze medal with a win over Poland.
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34605869/dennis-schroder-back-los-angeles-lakers-one-year-26-million-deal-agent-says Dennis Schroder back with Los Angeles Lakers on one-year, $2.64 million deal, agent says