NBA Scout is not a fan of Dennis Schroder’s signing

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The Los Angeles Lakers returned to the NBA’s free agency pool this past weekend and came out with another addition, signing a familiar face in point guard Dennis Schroder. This will be Schroder’s second round with the purple and gold, as he spent the 2020-21 NBA season as a starting point guard.

It was during that season that Schroder turned down a four-year extension worth $84 million because he and his representatives felt he could surpass that number in free agency. It was a miscalculation on their part, as Schroder ended up signing a one-year, $5.9 million contract with the Boston Celtics.

This offseason he met a similar fate as he was receiving very little interest despite playing well for Germany at EuroBasket. Schroder averaged 22.1 points and 7.1 assists, helping Germany win the bronze medal.

Los Angeles hopes he can bring some of that US production into his rotation this upcoming season. The Lakers now have a stalemate in the point guard position as Schroder will join Russell Westbrook, newly acquired Patrick Beverley and Kendrick Nunn.

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While Schroder is a talented player, as the Lakers landed a steal with the one-year, $2.64 million contract he signed him with, a scout who spoke with the NBA Analysis Network questioned his fit with the team.

β€œIt’s not the contract. That’s a big deal. I’m just not a fan of the basketball fit. He’s not really that clean of fitting in with superstars. There’s already a focus on Westbrook, and he’s one year on his contract. Will he really buy? I’m not counting on it. Schroder isn’t the best teammate either. None of them are talented shooters. There are much greater needs than another player who is better with the ball in his hands.”

During his first tenure with the Lakers, Schroder was the starting point guard having to play off LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Given the depth in the position this season, he could come off the bench, a role he’s probably best suited for with a roster build like the Lakers have.

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As the scout notes, there are other, more pressing needs in Los Angeles, but filling them won’t be easy. The Lakers are short on resources to build multiple commercial packages, and for now, they will accept any talent upgrades they can.

Schroder might not be the perfect fit, but he at least produced at a high level earlier in his career. If he can return to the shooting form he had with the Oklahoma City Thunder during their sixth man of the year runner-up campaign, it would help the team a lot.

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