Dennis Schroder is returning to the Lakers for the first time since playing for the Lakers in the 2020-21 season. Schroder played a vital role as the regular point guard, helping the team get off to a 21-6 start before the team suffered a slew of injuries in a first-round loss to the then-defending champions Phoenix Suns.
Schroder left the franchise shortly after the season and was returning to Los Angeles because he felt there was a lack of business with the Lakers.
“LeBron. [James] He said he was happy to have me back,” Schroder said, via Basketnews. “It’s a work in progress. There were no fans the year I was there. It was covid; All are affected. This year everything will be fine, everyone will be healthy, and then we’ll try to move on to something.
Schroeder revealed that he and his team have been negotiating a return to the purple and gold for the past three months.
“I’ve been talking to the Lakers for the last three months. I knew I was going to go back, but I wanted to take my time,” explained Schroeder.
Schröder played with the German national team at the FIBA Eurobasket tournament, helping Germany to a bronze medal, its first EuroBasket medal since 2005.
Dennis Schroeder was on a mission. # Euro basket ⚡️
🇩🇪 The MVP of Germany is on his way to the bronze medal 🥉 pic.twitter.com/shRbx2g7jJ
– FIBA (@FIBA) September 19, 2022
Schroder could come in as a pass-first point guard off the bench behind Reul Westbrook and Patrick Beverley.
Last season, Schroder averaged 13.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.9 assists on 39.3 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from deep for the Celtics and Rockets.