The 2022-23 season was an unusual one for Dennis Schroder, for many reasons. For starters, Schroder was back on the Los Angeles Lakers after playing for the Boston Celtics, their intra-conference rival, in the prior season, on the veterans minimum.
Even more unusual was the fact that Schroder played for the Houston Rockets in 2021-22, a conference foe of the Lakers, as he was sent to the Space City in a last minute move at the deadline. Schroder averaged 10.9 points and 5.9 assists on an underwhelming 39.3 percent from the floor, 32.8 percent from long-range, and 51.9 true shooting percentage.
Needless to say, the Rockets decided against keeping the veteran point guard in the fold.
But Schroder was never supposed to be in this predicament in the first place, as the Lakers foolishly offered him a four-year deal worth $84 million, after seeing him average just 15.4 points, 5.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 43.7 percent from the floor, 33.5 percent from three, and 54.3 true shooting percentage.
Eerily similar to his averages with the Rockets.
The only thing more bizarre than Schroder receiving that major contract is the fact that he surprisingly turned it down, thinking he could fetch a better deal (which is simply delusional, based on his play). Schroder initially denied that he ever received the offer from the Lakers in the first place, in an attempt to ease the embarrassment.
"I mean, end of the day, there never was a contract," Schroder told ESPN's Dave McMenamin. "There never was a contract, never rejected anything. That's not true."
Dennis Schroder should've kept this one to himself.
The former Rockets guard is apparently ready to tell the truth regarding what went down between him and the Lakers.
“I would have signed it. I would never just leave money on the table. My mom didn’t raise me that way.”
Schroder adds that his agent told him to reject the deal, which is even more embarrassing on his part, for several reasons.
For starters, agents work for the player, not the other way around. In other words, if Schroder wanted to sign the deal with the Lakers, he didn’t need the approval of his representation.
He could’ve simply told his team to take the deal. He’s essentially admitting that he, too, thought he could fetch a more favorable deal. At some point, common sense has to factor into the equation.
Who’s to blame for his inability to realize a good deal when he saw one? Why did he need his agents to guide him on that decision?
And why didn’t he realize that he was getting bad advice? Again, he didn’t have to go along with it. And it's not their fault that he did.
Schroder would’ve been better off just keeping this to himself because the actual explanation makes him look foolish and incapable of making his own decisions.