Now that he has returned to the LA Lakers, Schröder has had his first practice with the team and is fired up for the start of the NBA season.
Dennis Schröder has practiced with the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time since his return and proclaimed ambitious goals. “Whatever is: I’m going to do everything I can to get wins and take care of unfinished business,” the 29-year-old said after his first session, according to US portal “ESPN”.
Early playoff exit in Schröder’s first Lakers season
Shröder already suited up for the Lakers in the 2020/21 season, but failed to make the first round of the playoffs with superstar LeBron James’ team against the Phoenix Suns. “I’m going to make sure I bring everything I can to the team to win games,” the point guard announced.
When the Los Angeles Lakers play their test against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night, Schröder is expected to get some minutes, according to his coach Darvin Ham. The new season starts on October 18.
Reports of rejected four-year contract
The German international had signed a one-year contract shortly before winning the European Championship bronze medal, making his Lakers return perfect. Already last season, Schröder probably had the possibility to continue playing for the Lakers, but reportedly turned down a contract offer of 84 million US dollars for four years at that time.
Instead, Schröder had been traded to the record-breaking Boston Celtics and later in the season to the Houston Rockets. The Braunschweig native on Monday denied reports of a contract offer at the time, “I mean, at the end of the day, there was never a contract,” Schröder clarified. “There was never a contract, I never refused anything … That is not true. “