Elliott: Dennis Schroder, Lakers seem like ideal pair but aren't at altar yet
The Lakers Dennis Schroder, who had 18 points and six assists, makes a basket in the 138-115 victory of the Lakers. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
After two games in his Laker career, point guard Dennis Schroder wants the relationship to be a long-term commitment.
"This is a damn good organization I've seen so far," said Schroder, who was acquired by the Oklahoma City Lakers in mid-November for Danny Green and the design rights for Jaden McDaniels.
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“Teammates are amazing, the people here do everything for you and your family. Exactly what you want to be You want to be in an environment where you can focus on basketball every day. "
But - and you knew there would be - it doesn't get cheap. As he has played so far, he could be well worth the investment given the size and depth he brings to the Lakers' quest to win a second straight title on a shortened schedule that is likely to have plenty of downtime for LeBron James and LeBron James will include Anthony Davis.
Schroder, who can become a post-season free agent, allegedly turned down a two-year extension offer from the Lakers for $ 33.4 million just because he knew patience could lead to a better payday if he was born by Aug. February Waiting For ESPN, Schroders agent Alex Saratsis and the Lakers have started talks and will intensify those discussions as February approaches.
After that, the Lakers can offer him a starting salary of $ 18.6 million, which could result in him staying.
He likes it here. The Lakers like him. And after a performance of 18 points and six assists in the Lakers 138: 115 victory over Dallas at the Staples Center on Friday - a strong continuation of his game with 14 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists at the start - it is clear that he is successfully passing .
“Dennis is a dynamic player. We are very happy to have him here, ”said coach Frank Vogel at a video conference. "He's a pest defensively and takes on the full court. Long arms, can get his hands on the ball and distract the ball. What he can do to our team better than anyone is to really get into the color and his Ability to destroy defenses and create things for others. "
It seems like an ideal marriage, but they're not on the altar yet.
"Of course I want to extend it, but it has to be fair on both sides," said Schroder. "I would like to do it, but it has to be fair on both sides, that's all I'm going to say."
That's all he really needs to say now as he stands up for a long-term deal in court.
The Lakers wanted him because they needed another playmaker to take some of the strain off James and, to a lesser extent, Davis. They also wanted a different shooter, a role Schroder has played well so far.
Coming off the bench for Oklahoma City, he established himself as a hard-working defensive player, finishing second from soon-to-be Lakers teammate Montrezl Harrell for sixth Man of the Year last season, but his intentions with the Lakers should be a starter.
“I've done this off-the-bench stuff with OKC in two years. I think I'm trying to move forward, ”he said at his first press conference with the Lakers.
Vogel wouldn't commit to at least launching it publicly. Schroder said he wasn't worried.
"I'm a team player. Whatever it takes, what I have to do, I will do it. It's the team first and we have to get some wins," he said in the video conference on Friday.
“Of course I had a conversation with the trainer. There was my personal thing, I wanted to start this year, but I'm a team player.
“Whatever it takes and whatever I have to do and bring to the table, I'll do that. I'm not worried about that at all. Whatever I can add to the games. "
He added that other dimension that the Lakers had hoped would bring him and his teammates helped him adapt to his new team.
"They make it easy for me to transition. I think everyone came together. AD and LeBron were leaders and did a great job in this situation and I think everyone is comfortable," said Schroder.
"I think this group is fun. We want to stop at the defensive end and then we just want to run at the offensive end, I think as soon as possible. I think yes, you want to go out there and play with energy and stop and We did that [Friday] and we have to keep getting better. "
His own game was strong because he took advantage of the opportunities presented when James and Davis caught the attention of opponents.
“We want to get to know each other. It begins in practice to know yourself in games, ”said Schroder.
"Right now I can see that LeBron can go straight into the lane and put pressure on the rim. I can be aggressive because they get so much attention ... I have a lot of space to attack. "
For Schroder and the Lakers, this could be the beginning of a long-term relationship that makes sense for both parties and benefits both.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
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