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Dennis Schroder Is In 'A State Of Shock' Because He Rejected $84 Million Offer From The Lakers

Dennis Schroder Is In A State Of Shock Because He Rejected $84 Million Offer From The Lakers

Dennis Schroder is yet to find a team to sign with during this offseason. Schroder had a difficult season with the Los Angeles Lakers last year. The Lakers traded for Schroder at the beginning of last season, sending Danny Green and their draft pick to OKC. Schroder had a solid season with OKC, where he was a solid contender for NBA Sixth Man Of The Year. 

But he wasn't able to replicate that same form with the Lakers, especially when he was given a starting role. Schroder performed poorly throughout the season and was a huge disappointment as the Lakers' third option during the postseason. 

Despite his shaky start, the Lakers were optimistic he would turn things around. The Lakers even offered Schroder a 4-year $84 million contract extension. But Schroder rejected the offer, thinking that he would capitalize on his good form and leverage a bigger contract, near $100 million, during free agency. 

That good form never came, and neither has a bigger contract for Schroder, let alone any contract. His rejecting the contract has led to people questioning what allowed him to think he would get more than what the Lakers offered

Schroder's decision could lead to him becoming one of the many players that rejected a massive contract and then regretted it, given that he hasn't secured any kind of contract or even an offer from any other franchise in the NBA.

And Schroder seemingly isn't taking the news well. According to NBA insider Mark Murphy, the Boston Celtics have approached Dennis Schroder with an opportunity for next season. Murphy noted that Schroder has been asked to serve as the backup for Marcus Smart. 

But Schroder only wants to sign a one-year deal as he wants to build his stock back up before once again testing his value in free agency. As of now, Schroder hasn't given any response, as he is said to be in a state of shock because of his decision to reject the Lakers' contract offer. 

“He’s only interested in one year, and then getting back out there... He needs time — I think he’s in a state of shock because of what he’s done.” 

It is very possible that Schroder ends up signing his deal with the Celtics soon enough. As this free agency has shown, he hasn't gotten any noteworthy interest or offers from other NBA teams. So Schroder will most likely join the Celtics unless something changes and Schroder gets a better offer from another NBA team.