Kyle Kuzma’s camp is sounding the “cap” alarm on the latest rumor involving him.
Kuzma’s manager Vin Sparacio responded this week to the recent report claiming that the Los Angeles Lakers forward had friction with teammate Dennis Schroder throughout the season. Sparacio posted a screenshot of the report, tagged the source, ESPN’s Jordan Schultz, and added a clown emoji.
The report held that there was a feud between the two players that got worse during their first-round loss to the Phoenix Suns. Kuzma and Schroder were first-year teammates with the latter having been acquired in a 2020 trade.
The two have similarly ball-dominant play styles, so some incompatibility would make sense. It might not matter much though if Schroder does not return to the Lakers next season, as seems fairly likely at this point.
Two members of the Los Angeles Lakers reportedly had issues with each other throughout the season.
Dennis Schroder and Kyle Kuzma feuded throughout the season, Jordan Schultz reported on Thursday. Schultz says matters between the players got worse during the Lakers’ playoff series against the Phoenix Suns.
Schroder is a free agent and reportedly seeking huge money. The 27-year-old guard was the target of unfriendly rumors throughout the season. There was talk in May that he was unhappy with his role on the team. Then there was talk that he was frustrating some with the Lakers regarding his play. Even Magic Johnson, who is famously positive, was critical of Schroder.
So if Schroder and Kuzma had issues, it wouldn’t be anything knew in terms of negative rumors and reports for Schroder.
Kuzma is under contract for three years at $39 million. Much like Schroder, Kuzma reportedly had issues with his role on the Lakers. The Lakers reportedly are open to trading him.
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Many Los Angeles Lakers fans might be happy to see Dennis Schroder go, but the guard looks set to attract plenty of interest as an unrestricted free agent.
According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, Schroder turned down a four-year, $84 million offer from the Lakers earlier in the year. The guard appears to want more money and a larger role than the Lakers can offer, and a sign-and-trade may be on the table.
The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks are mentioned as two teams that are likely to have interest in Schroder. Both have the means to land Schroder via a sign-and-trade, though the Knicks will also have the cap space to sign him outright without negotiating with the Lakers.
Based on other reports, whoever wants Schroder will likely have to pay the guard a lot of money. He has youth on his side, as he turns 28 in September, but he’s never really been a featured option on a team. His play down the stretch with the Lakers convinced some that he never will be, either.
Schroder, an eight-year veteran, averaged 15.4 points and 5.8 assists for the Lakers last season.
The Los Angeles Lakers have to decide if they want to make an effort to re-sign Dennis Schroder this summer, but the star point guard could make their decision easy with his contract demands.
Schroder, who is German, has chosen not to play for Germany at the Olympics. Armin Andres, the vice president of the German Basketball Federation, said in a podcast appearance this week that Schroder has turned down the Olympic invitation because he is focused on getting top dollar in free agency.
How much does Schroder want? Between $100-120 million, apparently.
“Dennis Schroeder has communicated this clearly: he wants 100, 120 million — which he will probably also get — and this sum insured cannot be insured on the normal market at the moment,” Andres said, according to a translation from TalkBasket.net.
That meshes with reports we heard earlier in the year about contract extension talks between Schroder and the Lakers. Schroder supposedly turned down an extension offer that was worth around $80 million over four years, and the Lakers considered trading him because the gap in negotiations was so significant.
The Lakers acquired Schroder’s Bird Rights when they traded for him, so they can go over the salary cap to re-sign him. That doesn’t mean they want to.
There has been talk that Schroder was frustrated with his role this season. Magic Johnson was also highly critical of Schroder’s play during the postseason, which could sour the point guard on L.A. even further.
We know of at least one team that could target Schroder in free agency, but he may have to lower his asking price. The 27-year-old averaged 15.4 points and 5.8 assists per game this season. He may have a tough time finding a team that is willing to pay him north of $100 million.
Dennis Schroder’s future in Los Angeles is on very shaky ground right now. Apparently some people on the Lakers may not be too sad to see him leave.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported this week that Schroder’s play on the court frustrated some within the Lakers organization this year. Shelburne also notes that the Lakers included him in trade talks with the Toronto Raptors for Kyle Lowry at the deadline.
In his first season with the Lakers, Schroder made 67 total starts between the regular season and the playoffs. While Schroder was the third-leading scorer behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis, his shooting stats for the year (40.0 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from three) were pretty ugly. Schroder also ranked 59th among qualified guards this season in assist-to-turnover ratio (per NBA.com).
The 27-year-old Schroder is now set to become an unrestricted free agent. Between this report and how one Lakers legend recently trashed him, Schroder really seems to have worn out his welcome in LA.
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Like every Los Angeles Lakers fan, Magic Johnson is disappointed to see the team’s season end with a first round exit. Johnson also isn’t afraid to single out members of the team he feels underperformed.
On Friday, Johnson singled out guard Dennis Schroder as a key underperformer in the Lakers’ six-game loss to the Phoenix Suns. The Hall-of-Famer questioned whether Schroder had the “winning mentality” to play for the Lakers, and outright said he “failed” against the Suns.
“Schroder, I don’t think he’s a Laker. That’s just my opinion,” Johnson said on AM 570 LA Sports. “I don’t know if they’re going to sign him back or not. I don’t think he brings the winning mentality and attitude that we need and he had a chance to show that in this series and to me, he failed in this series. If he comes back a Laker, I’m going to support him, I’m going to cheer for him and all that. But I just don’t think he’s a Laker.”
Johnson is definitely right that Schroder struggled against Phoenix. He averaged 14.3 points per game, but was limited to 2.8 assists per game and shot just 40 percent from the field. He was particularly poor in Game 5, when the Lakers needed their supporting cast to step up with Anthony Davis sidelined. Schroder went 0-for-9 from the field and failed to score in 26 minutes of action. It’s key to note, however, that Schroder was still getting his legs under him entering the playoffs after a bout with COVID-19.
As Johnson alluded to, Schroder is set to become an unrestricted free agent. It certainly sounds like he might be ready to leave the Lakers, so that might make Magic happy.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder has been under a microscope lately with his poor play in the first round against the Phoenix Suns. Now he may be giving Laker fans another reason to be concerned.
Schroder apparently removed a reference to the Lakers from his Instagram bio this week, specifically one that referred to himself as “PG for the Los Angeles Lakers.”
The 27-year-old Schroder will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. He has really struggled during the Lakers’ series against Phoenix and is coming off a scoreless dud in the team’s blowout Game 5 loss on Tuesday.
It is worth noting that Schroder had some similar activity on Instagram prior to his departure from the Atlanta Hawks in 2018.
Granted, there is not much reason for Schroder to be loyal to the Lakers. He was not on their championship team last season and did not choose to go to LA, having been acquired in a trade. We also recently heard that Schroder may be unhappy with his role on the Lakers. Combined with this possible Instagram clue, he may just be wearing a different uniform next year.
Dennis Schroder is arguably the third most important player on the Los Angeles Lakers, but he still may not like his spot on the totem pole.
Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported on Tuesday that multiple league executives who have overlapped with Schroder believe that the veteran guard is looking to be paid like a top-tier point guard. The report adds that Schroder’s role in Los Angeles may not satisfy his interest in being the leading playmaker for a marquee franchise.
The Lakers have treated Schroder pretty well in his first year with the team. They have given the former sixth man a permanent starting spot this season. Meanwhile, Schroder is third on the team in usage rate behind only LeBron James and Anthony Davis. But Schroder still does not seem too pleased. He recently failed to reach an extension with the Lakers after playing hardball with them. Now he will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Schroder may be in luck though if he wants a bigger role for a top franchise. One team in particular with interest in him appears to fit that billing.
Dennis Schroder was once a big fan of Kyrie Irving, and you would know that if you took a look at the Los Angeles Lakers point guard’s massive shoe collection. Schroder has dozen of pairs of Irving’s signature shoes, but he is now looking to unload them.
Schroder gave fans a tour of his shoe collection in a YouTube video this week. He held up one of his Irving sneakers at one point and said he has 30 to 40 pairs. However, Schroder says he refuses to wear them anymore after what took place between him and the Brooklyn Nets star last month.
Schroder spoke in his native German language in the video, but there was a translation in the subtitles.
“Kyrie Irving … I have a lot of his shoes,” Schroder said. “Unfortunately I can’t wear them no more. It’s not possible after what happened in the game. I cannot do it. Not going to wear it again.”
So what will he do with all the sneakers? Schroder plans to donate them and said anyone who knows a good place to send them should contact him.
Schroder and Irving were both ejected from a game last month for what was believed to be the first time in each of their careers. The ejections came after they began arguing over foul calls and got face-to-face with each other. Irving refused to speak about the incident with reporters, but he later implied on Twitter that he became upset after Schroder used the N-word. You can see the video of the incident here.
The Nets and Lakers are the favorites to win their respective conferences, so the Schroder-Irving storyline would certainly be one to watch if that happens.
Dennis Schroder is not exactly afraid of The Big Bad Brooklyn Nets.
The Los Angeles Lakers point guard was streaming a video game live on Twitch this week. During the stream, Schroder took notice of a fan’s comment in his chat section.
“My boy said in the chat, “Nets in four,” said Schroder. “I told him, ‘Nets in four my a–,’ That’s what it is.”
You can see video of the funny moment here.
The star-studded Nets are widely seen as a presumptive favorite to come out of the Eastern Conference. But Schroder’s Lakers, even if they have taken some body blows from injuries this year, are still the defending champions.
Schroder does not appear to be too fond of the Nets either. The most recent Lakers-Nets matchup saw both him and Kyrie Irving get ejected for a scrap.