Dennis Schröder joins NBA champions Los Angeles Lakers | Sport | DW

The move of the German national basketball player Dennis Schröder to NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers and superstar LeBron James is perfect. “Welcome to Los Angeles, Dennis Schröder,” tweeted the glamor club of the world’s strongest basketball league. 27-year-old Schröder comes from Oklahoma City Thunder (OKC), to which he moved in 2018. The Lakers had been interested in the point guard even before last season. The fact that Schröder recently gave the impression of not wanting to leave OKC plays no role in “trading” in US basketball: If two clubs agree, players have to change jerseys. Few professionals have clauses in their contracts that exclude this.

National coach welcomes change

Basketball national coach Henrik Rödl

“Yes, I have received offers,” Schröder said only a few days ago about inquiries from the past. “But I never wanted to go to the Lakers, to the Clippers or to all the names that called my agent. Basketball national coach Henrik Rödl is happy about the career move of his national player:” I think he has proven that he is for every franchise can be an enrichment in whatever position you want to use it. Whether that is as a starter or from the bench, more than a ball distributor or as a scorer. “Especially in situations in which the pressure is high, Rödl thinks the 27-year-old is doing” particularly well “.

“I can only be happy because it is a further step in his career,” said the President of the German Basketball Federation (DBB), Ingo Weiss, who congratulated the German national player via WhatsApp. “Dennis Schröder is an incredibly fine guy who will make basketball in Los Angeles a little more colorful.”

Third NBA station

For the 27-year-old, who is very respected in the NBA, it is the third league station since his debut for the Atlanta Hawks in 2013. After five years in Georgia, he went to OKC, where Schröder was no longer a starting five player, for it but learned a lot from the club’s star, Chris Paul, and improved his stats in all areas. Paul also leaves Oklahoma and joins the Phoenix Suns.

Schröder’s contract in Oklahoma runs until 2021 and guarantees him an annual salary of 15 million US dollars (around 12.7 million euros). This is now taken over by the Lakers, who reportedly want to offer him a new contract with even better conditions afterwards. With the team around LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the father of two has a good chance of becoming the second German – after Dirk Nowitzki with the Dallas Mavericks 2011 – to win the NBA title. “If he wins the title as part of this team, he would be on a par with Dirk Nowitzki – even if Dirk was a completely different player in a different position and his path was different,” said Rödl about Schröder’s prospects in Los Angeles.

sn/dvo (dpa, SID)

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