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Dennis Schroder has surprising comments about his time with Lakers

Dennis Schroder

The Dennis Schroder Show in Los Angeles got cancelled after just one season. Now Schroder is getting a bit candid about his time there.

The Boston Celtics guard spoke this week with Brian Robb of MassLive and made the surprising admission that he did not quite fit with the Lakers.

“To play with AD [Anthony Davis] and LeBron [James], it was an honor to play with them and see every single day how they work, how they do things on the court, off the court,” said Schroder. “It’s just a blessing, the reason I’m grateful that I’ve seen it. But for me, personally, it wasn’t the right fit.

“That’s the reason I was hesitating a little bit,” he went on. “The way I played is not how Dennis has played over his whole career in the NBA so that’s the reason I was like, ‘Okay, I have to see how it’s going next.’ That’s the reason why I even didn’t talk to the organization and said, ‘Listen, we can talk about [the contract] after the season. I want to concentrate during the season to finish it.’ Now, in the situation I’m in, I think I’m 100 percent comfortable so far. You feel the appreciation, you feel the organization is trying to help you, your family, your friends or whatever. It’s been great so far. I mean, this is all I wanted and I think we can accomplish something big here.”

Schroder earned a spot in the starting lineup with Davis and James on the Lakers. But with those two having such a high usage, Schroder managed just 15.4 points on 12.5 field goal attempts per game, his lowest averages since his early Atlanta days. The former first-round pick then left to sign with the Boston Celtics after the Lakers were eliminated in the first round.

Davis, in particular, was reportedly frustrated with Schroder’s style of play. While the Lakers gave up Danny Green and a first-round pick for Schroder, his time with the team ended up being a flop, as Schroder now admits.

Photo: Jan 15, 2020; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder (17) smiles during warm ups before a game against the Toronto Raptors at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Schroder cracks joke about botching his contract

Dennis Schroder

Few NBA free agents this offseason received more mockery than Dennis Schroder, but he at least seems to have a sense of humor about it.

Schroder infamously turned down a four-year, $84 million offer from the Los Angeles Lakers, believing he was worth more than that on the open market. That backfired horrendously when the interest didn’t materialize, apparently to his shock, and he was forced to sign a one-year deal worth $5.9 million with Boston.

On Wednesday, though, Schroder was willing to see the humor in the situation. On his Instagram, he offered fans the chance to share their best joke about his free agency misadventure, even including a hilarious picture of himself out on the street — albeit surrounded by expensive cars and bags.

Schroder’s going to be a meme no matter what. He might as well own it at this point.

The veteran point guard will have the chance to rebuild his value with the Celtics and test the market again next offseason. The good news? He has the support of the people who matter. And there’s nothing wrong with a little humor at one’s own expense.

Dennis Schroder’s campaign to let fans choose his new number backfired on him

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Dennis Schroder is learning the hard way that fans will never miss out on an opportunity to troll you.

The new Boston Celtics guard decided to let the fans choose his new jersey number for the Celtics next season. Schroder’s usual No. 17 jersey is retired in Boston in honor of the late John Havlicek.

What Schroder did not anticipate however was that he would get clowned by fans of Hannover 96. The German soccer club is archrivals with Eintracht Braunschweig, the soccer club from Schroder’s hometown of Braunschweig, Germany. Hannover 96 fans immediately flooded Schroder with votes for the No. 96.

Schroder acknowledged the gag by writing, “As you can probably imagine, coming from Braunschweig, number 96 is not necessarily my favorite number.” The 27-year-old guard left in No. 96 for the final round of voting though along with other top choices Nos. 8, 71, 80, and 84. The fans had actually selected No. 38 as their first choice, but that number already belongs to Schroder’s Celtics teammate Sam Hauser.

Voting closes on Sept. 17, at which point we shall know if Schroder will be forced to sport the number of his soccer nemeses next year. Professional athletes have gone this route with fan engagement before. But Schroder’s may be the only one that has backfired this spectacularly.

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Anthony Davis wasn’t happy playing with Dennis Schroder?

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Long before Dennis Schroder completely bungled his free agency this summer, the veteran point guard rejected a lucrative contract extension from the Los Angeles Lakers. It is fair to wonder if Anthony Davis is pleased with the way things turned out.

According to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, Davis was frustrated at times last season with some of the looks he got (or didn’t get) when Schroder was running the Lakers’ offense. Davis was apparently a lot more pleased with the way the offense ran with Rajon Rondo two years ago.

The Lakers, of course, re-signed Rondo this offseason. Pincus notes that they consider the veteran point guard to be a “safety net” of sorts behind inexperienced guards Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn. L.A. also sees the value in having a proven backup with LeBron James soon turning 37 and having battled some injuries in recent years.

Russell Westbrook will obviously be in charge of the Lakers’ offense next season, but Rondo gives them a proven veteran for a variety of situations.

The Lakers could have brought Schroder back. He ended up signing with the Boston Celtics for the $5.9 million mid-level exception, so L.A. had the option of signing him to the same type of deal. They chose not to, which makes you wonder if Davis played a role in the decision.

Dennis Schroder’s wife sends supportive message after free agency drama

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Dennis Schroder has been taking a lot of heat for how his free agency played out, but his wife is firmly behind him.

Schroder’s wife Ellen sent a supportive message on her Instagram stories, along with a warning for the rest of the NBA that Schroder would prove them wrong.

“I’m so proud of my husband that he made this decision to stay true to (himself) and to fight for his goals and his vision!” Ellen Schroder wrote, via Robert Marvi of Lakers Daily. “I know not everyone understands this…they would (choose) money (before) anything else…but let me tell you: show some love, be patient and watch what will happen next.”

Schroder reportedly turned down a four-year, $84 million offer from the Lakers last year. After interest didn’t materialize on the open market, he was forced to take a one-year, $5.6 million deal from the Boston Celtics. In other words, Schroder inadvertently left over $78 million on the table by turning down the Lakers and testing the market.

The 27-year-old guard is reportedly stunned at how his free agency went, but at least publicly, he clearly has support. Don’t be surprised if he adopts his wife’s prove-them-wrong mindset in Boston before he hits the open market again in a year.

Dennis Schroder not even guaranteed starting role with Celtics?

Dennis Schroder

It is hard to imagine the offseason going much worse for Dennis Schroder, but at least he ended up with a Boston Celtics team that is in need of a starting point guard. Though, Schroder has apparently been given no assurances that he will fill that role.

Keith Smith of was told by a source that Boston did not give Schroder the impression he is guaranteed to be the team’s starting point guard. That decision will be made by new head coach Ime Udoka over the next several weeks.

That doesn’t mean Schroder will come off the bench. The Celtics traded Kemba Walker earlier this offseason, so they need a starting point guard. Schroder started all 61 games in which he played for the Los Angeles Lakers last season and averaged 15.4 points and 5.8 assists per game. He’s a starting-caliber player, especially on a Boston roster that is not exactly loaded.

If anything, not receiving assurances that he will start was probably another wakeup call for Schroder. This is a player who supposedly turned down a four-year extension from the Lakers last year that would have paid him more than $80 million. A report in June claimed Schroder was expecting to sign for more than $100 million in free agency. Instead, he got the $5.9 million midlevel exception from the Celtics.

It is no wonder that Schroder is said to be in a state of shock over how his free agency went.

Dennis Schroder reportedly shocked over his botched free agency

Dennis Schroder

Dennis Schroder’s free agency did not go at all as expected, and the former Los Angeles Lakers guard is said to be shocked over the situation.

Schroder was seeking big money in free agency and reportedly turned down around a 4-year, $84 million extension offer from the Lakers last year. Schroder was set on testing free agency. As of late June, a report said that Schroder was expecting to make $100-$200 million in free agency.

Well, guess what? Free agency has come and gone, and Schroder did not receive $100 million. He didn’t even sign for $10 million. No, Schroder signed with the Boston Celtics for $5.9 million.

According to the Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy, the Celtics were trying to convince Schroder to sign with them on a one-year deal. Schroder reportedly was slow to agree to the deal because he had to mentally come to terms with the disappointing state of affairs. Murphy said a source told him Schroder was shocked over how his free agency went.

If you’re anticipating receiving over $100 million in free agency and end up signing for just $5.9 million, it’s easy to see how that could be shocking and disappointing.

Really, it was Lonzo Ball who got the contract Schroder should have signed. The Lakers also found themselves a much better point guard option.

Dennis Schroder trying to get more from Celtics after bungling free agency

Dennis Schroder

Dennis Schroder reportedly turned down a hefty contract extension from the Los Angeles Lakers last season, instead opting to gamble on himself heading into free agency. It appears the point guard has lost that gamble, and he is now trying to salvage whatever he can.

Schroder has had some discussions recently about potentially signing with the Boston Celtics. According to ESPN’s Jordan Schultz, the Celtics have offered Schroder the $5.9 million taxpayer midlevel exception. Schroder wants the full midlevel exception of $9.5 million in addition to a second-year player option.

The Celtics don’t want to give Schroder the full midlevel exception, as that would hard cap them. What that means is that they would be forced to remain under the $143 million salary cap for the entire 2020-21 season, thus limiting the roster moves they could make until next year.

The big takeaway here is that it appears Schroder (or his agent) completely overestimated the market for himself. The 27-year-old reportedly turned down a four-year extension from the Lakers last year that was worth around $80 million. He felt he could earn more after seeing other point guards sign for more than $20 million per year.

Schroder might want to bet on himself again with the Celtics, who are need need of a starting point guard after trading Kemba Walker. Either way, it seems certain that the big pay day he was hoping for is not coming this offseason.

Report: Dennis Schroder could sign with Celtics

Dennis Schroder

After spending last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Dennis Schroder could now end up with their biggest rivals.

Michael Scotto of HoopsHype reported on Friday that the Boston Celtics have interest in signing Schroder. Scotto notes that the Celtics have the non-taxpayer midlevel exception to offer and that the two sides could agree to a one-year deal or a two-year deal with a player option.

A short-term deal has to be a disappointing outcome for Schroder, who had been gunning for a big-time payday, even several days into free agency. But Schroder is still only 27, meaning that a strong performance in essentially another contract year next season may earn him the lucrative deal he seeks.

As for the Celtics, they have a hole at point guard after trading Kemba Walker in June. Schroder would give them a true No. 3 guy behind Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown and could make this other Celtic more expendable.

Dennis Schroder still holding out for big payday?

Dennis Schroder

Cap space is quickly drying up around the NBA, but Dennis Schroder may still be holding firm to his valuation of himself.

Marc Berman of the New York Post reported on Tuesday that Schroder, who has interest from the New York Knicks, began the process seeking a deal from them starting at $25 million.

Schroder seems all but certain to be leaving the Los Angeles Lakers, who have already filled out their roster with a cluster of free agent signings. For reference in the point guard market, Lonzo Ball just got $21.3 million a year from the Chicago Bulls, Mike Conley took $24.2 million per year to stay with the Utah Jazz, and Kyle Lowry got $30 million a year from the Miami Heat.

The 27-year-old Schroder does have some holes in his game with turnovers and inefficiency. But he has been betting big on himself all along and may not be willing to come off his number just yet.