After turning down a four-year, $84 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers last season, Dennis Schroder has latched on with another team.
The veteran point guard took to Instagram on Tuesday to announce that he has signed with the Boston Celtics. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the one-year deal is worth Boston’s taxpayer exception of a mere $5.9 million.
To say that Dennis Schroder was hit with a cold NBA free agent market would be an understatement. The 27-year-old German was said to be demanding well north of $20 million annually on a long-term contract. This came after he struggled big time in the point guard’s first and only season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Despite this and the narrative surrounding Schroder, it appears that his fit with the Boston Celtics is perfect. Here’s three reasons why.
Dennis Schroder can up his free-agent value for next summer
Boston had a major need at point guard after moving off the bloated contract of Kemba Walker. While it still boasts Marcus Smart, Schroder offers much more on the offensive end of the court. He’s going to see a high usage rage this coming season, leading to the potential of cashing in next summer.
As noted above, Schroder has proven to be more capable on offense. That’s not even in question when we look at his stats over the past four seasons compared to Smart.
Dennis Schroder stats: 17.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 44% shooting
Marcus Smart stats: 11.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 39% shooting