The Lakers are adding a familiar face to their backcourt ahead of the 2022-23 season after agreeing terms with goalkeeper Dennis Schroeder, to me Athletic Shams Al-Sharaniyah.
Schroeder, 28, is said to sign a one-year, $2.64 million deal to return to Los Angeles after leaving the franchise in the latest season after serving a one-year stint. The 10-year veteran started 61 games for the Lakers during the 2020-21 season, averaging 15.4 points and 5.8 assists in 32.1 minutes per game.
After helping Los Angeles hit a record 42-30 and a playoff appearance two years ago, Schroeder will enter Year 11 playing for a franchise that looks very different since he left. In addition to new coach Darvin Hamm who replaced Frank Vogel, Russell Westbrook and newly acquired Patrick Beverly took the top spots on the PG depth chart as Kendrick Noone prepares to return from a season-long knee injury.
While it remains to be seen how Schroeder will affect the rotation, his return will likely add more fodder to the ongoing rumors surrounding a potential Westbrook trade. The much-discussed star has been at the center of such talks in the off-season after his partnership with LeBron James and Anthony Davis resulted in a disastrous 33-49 campaign.
Although he agreed to a deal much less than the one he had It is said that he was rejected from Los Angeles last MarchSchroeder brings valuable versatility and past experience with James and Davis to the Los Angeles locker room. He also exits an impressive semi-final with Germany at Eurobasket where he averaged 21.6 points and 7.3 assists.
Last season, Schroeder spent time with the Celtics and Rockets, averaging 13.5 PPG and 4.6 APG in 64 appearances (29 starts).
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