Dennis Schröder will become a free agent in the summer, but the German international turned down an initial offer from the Los Angeles Lakers. After losing the first round against the Phoenix Suns, the point guard confirmed that he wanted to stay with the Lakers.
“I’ll work my ass off in the offseason, come back and give it my all,” Schröder said after the Suns were eliminated. “I want to win a championship here,” the German international continued. “I’m playing here with the best basketball player in the world, I can’t wait to try again.”
As recently as March, Schröder had reportedly turned down a four-year, $84 million contract extension, possibly with the ulterior motive that he could get more money in the summer. However, Schröder now emphasized that he would not worry about the money in the free agency. “Anyone who knows me knows that’s not my point. It’s supposed to be fair. If everything goes well, we’ll try again next year.”
Schröder then also explained why he hadn’t signed a new contract long ago. “It’s my eighth season in the NBA and I want to make my own decision for the first time (…). The Lakers are a great organization with the two best players in the world.”
Dennis Schröder causes a stir on Instagram
Even before game 6 there was some fuss about Schröder. The 27-year-old had deleted his description as “point guard with the Los Angeles Lakers” in his bio on Instagrama few hours later he added it again.
In game 5, the German was still without points, last night the guard showed a reaction and was one of the drivers for the Lakers’ comeback attempt with 20 points and a strong defense, “We will try again, we owe it to them fans”, Schröder showed himself combative with regard to the coming year.
“You have to go through the sh *** first to be rewarded,” said Schröder in a slightly modified form. For Schröder it was a series of ups and downs, the playmaker played three 20-point games, but also had no points in game 5, for example. Over the series, Schröder averaged 14.3 points and 2.8 assists with odds of 40 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from the line of three.
Suns vs. Lakers: The series at a glance
|1||23. May||9:30 p.m||Suns||Lakers||99:90|
|2||26. May||4 o’clock||Suns||Lakers||102:109|
|3||28. May||4 o’clock||Lakers||Suns||109:95|
|4||30. May||9:30 p.m||Lakers||Suns||92:100|
|5||June 2nd||4 o’clock||Suns||Lakers||115:85|
|6||4. June||4:30 a.m||Lakers||Suns||100:113|