KEY POINTS

  • Dennis Schroder's new contract is likely to be pitched by the Lakers in the offseason
  • An 18th title will improve the Lakers' chances of re-signing Schroder
  • It was previously reported that he thumbed down a two-year, $33.4 million deal pitched by the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are not looking so hot right now due to manpower shortage. Anthony Davis is out, and LeBron James is putting the whole team on his shoulders. However, he is not the only one, with Dennis Schroder also doing his part to keep the club’s campaign afloat.

One of the new and talented acquisitions for the 2020-21 NBA season, there is no denying that the German guard is proving his true worth. He fills up a position that the Lakers were trying to address last season. The fact that he is only 27 years old makes him someone Los Angeles could potentially lock up for more years. All that could happen soon.

As mentioned in a report last December, Schroder thumbed down a two-year, $33.4 million deal pitched by the Lakers. On paper, that sounded like bad news. But the real reason behind it is not because Schroder is not happy with the Hollywood-based squad. Rather, it had something to do with CBA-related matters.

All of that is water under the bridge. As of Feb. 16, the Lakers could offer Schroder either a four-year deal worth up to $83.3 million or a two-year contract of $38.7 million. So far, no formal offer has been made, although it is still something not to fret about.

Some clarity on Schroder’s status with the Los Angeles Lakers could appear by the end of the current season. For now, the immediate focus is to make it back-to-back NBA title wins for the purple and gold. Schroder could bag his first NBA title, and this is something that may raise the Lakers’ chances of locking him up. But for how long?

In the eyes of many, Schroder deserves to be a Laker for a long time. That could run up five years, making him another player the Lakers may want to keep for the next couple of NBA seasons.

Finally, Schroder is someone who loves to win. Though things have been tough on the defending NBA champions, there is no question that the 6-foot-3 guard is going all out to make sure that they compete. Hence, it comes as no surprise that he takes it personally when they lose. Proof of that was their recent loss to the Sacramento Kings.

“I’m mad we didn’t win it, but we’re going to look at film when we come back and we’re going to be ready for the second half of the season,” Schroder stated.

With that kind of mentality, it is no wonder James loves Schroder for his fire and tenacity. At any rate, there is no question that “The Menace” is someone Lakers followers want to keep for the next couple of years.

Trey Burke #3 of the Dallas Mavericks guards Dennis Schroder #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers Trey Burke #3 of the Dallas Mavericks guards Dennis Schroder #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers Photo: Getty Images | John McCoy