Throughout large portions of last season, Dennis Schröder looked like someone who had established himself as the Lakers’ point guard for years to come. But a poorly-timed stint in health and safety protocols, and an even worse-timed shooting slump in the playoffs has left the Lakers second-guessing about his future heading into free agency.
Through the opening 63 games of the season, Schröder’s only absence from the court came when he found himself in health and safety protocols the first time around the All-Star break, causing him to miss four games. Outside of that, he was one of the few consistent faces on the floor each night for a Lakers team that shuffled through lineups throughout the year.
Then came an ending to the season that saw him spend nearly two more weeks in health and safety protocols and then shoot just 40% in the playoffs from the field and 30.8% from 3-point range as the Lakers bowed out in six games in the first round. The end result has left the Lakers not only reconsidering their original extension offers, but reportedly leaning towards not wanting him back at all next season.
On Chad Ford’s NBA Big Board podcast, veteran NBA insider Marc Stein — formerly of the New York Times and ESPN, now with Substack — revealed that the Lakers appear set to move on from Schröder this offseason in lieu of giving him the hefty contract he desires: