The pace of NBA free agency has increased dramatically, with a number of notable players recently agreeing to new contracts with different teams.
Dennis Schroder is one athlete that is still without one. The German-born guard famously turned down a $84 million contract extension from the Los Angeles Lakers.
Schroder believed he deserved better, and for a while, it looked like he was going to get it. However, everything was predicated on the idea that he and the Lakers would be able to win the NBA championship last year.
The Lakers, as most people know, were eliminated from the NBA playoffs in the first round after losing to the Utah Jazz.
Besides that, many people were unhappy with the 27-year-old leadership. Lakers icon Earvin “Magic” Johnson had the most memorable reaction.
When he talked to AM 570 in Los Angeles in June, he expressed his belief that the German did not have a winning attitude.
What Happens With the Lakers and German Star Dennis Schroder’s Contract?
A probable contract extension for the 27-year-old point guard was revealed by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski just before the Lakers’ Christmas game against the Dallas Mavericks.
However, it seems he has turned down the team’s initial offer. Wojnarowski said negotiations are ongoing and will resume around the middle of February.
The Lakers’ current offer to Schroder is a two-year deal worth $33.4 million, but he’s turned it down because he wants more guaranteed money.
Despite rumours that he would like to remain with the Lakers, Schroder reportedly turned down their offer since another team made a better one after February 16.
There have been rumours that the Lakers can pay Schroder and his agent Alex Saratsis a $18.6 million salary starting in the 2021-22 season. A agreement, however, may not be reached until the following offseason.
The announcement appeared to please the German basketball star’s legion of social media devotees, who all seemed to agree that the star finally was getting the respect he deserved in Los Angeles.
Donovan Mitchell, star of the Utah Jazz, has been connected to a trade, while the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets continue to dominate trade rumours.
After the Phoenix Suns decided to keep Deandre Ayton, the skilled guard may look elsewhere for a new team.
When Deandre Ayton re-signed with the Suns, it reportedly cleared the way for Mitchell to join the Knicks, as reported by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
The Jazz have asked for a trio of young players and six draught picks in exchange for Mitchell. The Knicks have stated that they are not interested in this trade.