Harrison Faigen: Woj reports that “almost every team I’ve talked to in the league has been offered some combination of Kuz and KCP.” He still thinks there is a possibility that the Lakers re-sign Dennis Schröder.
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League sources expect Chicago and New York to emerge as Schroder suitors, and both could be conducted via sign-and-trade—although Knicks certainly have the cap space to sign him outright. New York will likely have north of $50 million to spend this summer.
Dennis Schroder will test free agency as an unrestricted free agent after his four-year contract expires this summer. Earlier this season he turned down an $84 million offer from the Los Angeles Lakers. According to Armin Andres, Vice President of German Basketball Federation (DBB), the point guard is expecting to a deal in the range of $100-$120 million. Andres mentioned the fact as it is the reason why Schroder is not representing Germany this summer as the burden of insuring his future contract of that value is too big on DBB. “Dennis Schroeder has communicated this clearly: he wants 100, 120 million – which he will probably also get – and this sum insured cannot be insured on the normal market at the moment,” Andres said on Abteilung Basketball podcast as reported by Manuel Baraniak.
Chris Mannix: Yeah, I mean, I guess one question I would have about Dennis Schröder is, does Magic Johnson’s opinion matter at all within the Lakers at this point? I mean, Magic had those comments about Schröder where he said, “I don’t think he’s a Laker.” I mean, Magic has no power anymore. But does that influence anyone over there? Dan Woike: I mean, I think he’s so closely tied to having power and that organization is so sort of small in a way that. Yeah, I think that gets noticed for sure. I think it’s like, you know, present to Magic Johnson a list of alternatives and let’s discuss them. They’re going to pay $41 million to LeBron next year. $35 million to 80, 26 combined to KCP and Kyle Kuzma.
A day after the Phoenix Suns eliminated the Lakers from the playoffs, Johnson ripped the Lakers guard and pending free agent in an interview with L.A.’s AM 570. “Schroder — I don’t think he’s a Laker,” Johnson said. “That’s just my opinion. I don’t know if they’re gonna sign him back or not. I don’t think he brings the winning mentality and attitude that we need. “He had a chance to show that in this series. And to me, he failed in this series.”
“I think all of us can look at Dennis’ body of work, and he is an extreme competitor, and that’s on both sides of the ball,” Pelinka said. “He’s hounding guys, picking up players full court, diving for loose balls, bringing that energy on the defensive end, and of course he has that ability to score at the point guard position. We value those qualities in him. August is August and free agency is a couple months away. There’s a lot of different things we’ll have to evaluate there, but Dennis is an attractive player to us just because of what he brings to the table.”
IF history is any indication, Thibodeau may prefer a veteran guard over a younger player. During the regular season, Kyle Lowry’s name came up internally as a potential target. Earlier in the season, Dennis Schroder’s name also came up. If the Knicks turn to a veteran, the other name to keep an eye on is Chris Paul.
Even if the Lakers wanted to run it back with the same group, their tax situation makes it virtually impossible. Schröder turned down a contract extension because he’s looking for a deal in excess of $20 million a year, according to reports (that may have been a blessing in disguise, actually; my BORD$ formula pegs his future value around $10 million). Caruso made only $2.5 million last year and is due for a major raise; one suspects he will have offers around the mid-level exception. Ditto for the 21-year-old Horton-Tucker, who is likely to draw offer sheets in the same range from teams who question whether the Lakers can stomach a large luxury tax hit for a developmental player.
Eric Pincus: Getting this VERY often in tweets – the Lakers technically sign and trade Dennis but he would have to specifically choose that path, and more likely than not, he does not choose that path. Restricted players are more likely to be S&T, he’s UFA
Michael Scotto: Lakers guard Dennis Schroder explained why he didn’t agree to an extension and stressed he ultimately wants to re-sign with Los Angeles and win a championship. pic.twitter.com/D8QNlJeGVt
Mark Medina: Dennis Schroder: “I’m going to work my ass to come back here and give them everything. I want to win a championship.”
Harrison Faigen: Dennis literally went back to the locker room and immediately took Lakers out of his IG bio again I’m dead. pic.twitter.com/tEJSJYyVnQ
Multiple league executives who have overlapped with Schroder told B/R they believe the ball-handler is looking to be paid like a top-tier point guard, and his role in Los Angeles may not satisfy his interest in being the leading playmaker for a marquee franchise. “He sees himself as a big-market player, and obviously he wants to start,” said the veteran personnel man.
New York could present that opportunity for Schroder, and the Knicks are indeed considering a run at him in free agency, sources said. They appear likely to re-sign Derrick Rose as head coach Tom Thibodeau’s reliable reserve floor general, but perhaps Schroder can be the answer for their’ hole in their opening lineup on a deal worth north of $90 million.
Dennis Schroder is also on New York’s radar as it plans for the 2021 offseason. The Knicks spoke to New Orleans about a trade for Lonzo Ball prior to the deadline. Given that, it seems like they will at least consider making an offer to Ball, who will be a restricted free agent.
Earlier in the week, Ian Begley of SNY reported that the New York Knicks have interest in going after Lakers point guard Dennis Schröder in unrestricted free agency this summer. However, it also sounds like he isn’t the only option they’re considering, and they may not be the team to give him the giant offer he’s reportedly seeking. Begley clarified during a recent appearance on SNY (emphasis mine): “As they (the Knicks) look ahead towards free agency, obviously the immediate focus is on this playoff push, but they’re also keeping an eye on the offseason. So Schröder is a guard that some of them like, and Lonzo Ball has some support within the organization, but I don’t think it’s uniform support on Lonzo, or probably Dennis either.
“The interesting thing here on Schröder is he’s already turned down, according to ESPN, an extension offer from the Lakers that was around four years and $84 million, so you would think that the Knicks are going to have to make a big offer, around $20 million a year to sign Schröder. I don’t think they would want to get into a bidding war for Schröder, I think they have several options that they will end up considering in the offseason, but Schröder is definitely on that list… He is certainly somebody that the Knicks are giving internal consideration to.”
Ian Begley: On The Putback this week: Dennis Schroder among PGs on NYK radar for 2021 free agency; he reportedly turned down a 4-yr, $80M-plus extension from LAL.
The Knicks face the Pelicans in New Orleans on Wednesday. So you will probably hear and read plenty about the future of Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, a potential Knicks target in free agency. But another lead guard on the Knicks’ schedule this week bears watching: Dennis Schroder. Schroeder is among the players on New York’s radar as the club looks ahead to free agency, SNY has learned.
New York will have enough cap space to make Schroder a competitive offer in free agency. The club is projected to have at least $50 million in cap space in the 2021 offseason. Point guard is a key position for the Knicks heading into the offseason — Elfrid Payton, Derrick Rose and Frank Ntilikina will all be free agents in 2021, so they will probably have at least one new lead guard in 2021-22. Between now and free agency in August, the Knicks will have to decide if Schroder is the right fit for a lineup that’s likely to heavily feature RJ Barrett and Julius Randle next season.
Dave McMenamin: Dennis Schroder, when asked about being included in trade talks, says that he still wants to be a Laker, but wants to see his options in the offseason. It sounds like he will not be pursuing a contract extension with L.A. before the summer. “It’s a crazy business,” he said.
Oleh Kosel: Brian Windhorst on The Jump says it’s unclear if Pelicans can afford to keep Lonzo Ball due to other financial commitments but to watch Knicks, Heat and Raptors. Zo, Schroder & Lowry are “to be the subject of a bidding war amongst the teams that need a point guard this summer.”
Aaron Rose: The Toronto Raptors are believed to be a team interested Dennis Schroder this summer, Windhorst is reporting on First Take
That’s viewed as a key factor considering there is mutual interest between he and the Lakers on either agreeing to a contract extension now or a new deal come free agency. “First off, yes, because of my teammates,” Schroder recently answered when asked if he envisioned being with the Lakers for the foreseeable future. “I said it before, even first day, it felt like we’d been together for a month or two. Chemistry is amazing. That’s the reason why I think I want to be here longterm. But like I said before, it’s got to be fair on both ends. If it’s fair, then I don’t have any problem. “It’s going to be great to be here long term, for sure.”
Harrison Faigen: Dennis Schröder, on the Lakers’ chemistry: “It’s amazing. That’s the reason why I think I want to be here long-term, but like I said before, it’s got to be fair on both ends. If it’s fair, then, I ain’t got no problems. It’s gonna be great to be here long-term, for sure.”
Dennis Schroeder is a point guard who likes to score and is right in the peak of his powers. The LA Clippers could use a player like that as they push for an NBA title. But don’t count on that happening, as the 27-year-old German told the MagentaSport podcast in a recent episode that he’s not interested in leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder. “Yes, I have received offers,” Schroeder said, “But I never wanted to go to the Lakers, the Clippers, or all the names that my agents have called.”
Schroder is signed to the end of the 2016-17 season. The Hawks have the option to offer him a qualifying offer for $3.8 million in 2017-18. A source said that the Sixers are prepared to sign him a maximum-salary deal.
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Bobby Marks: Toronto had until 5PM ET. on Tuesday to make a decision on the $10,851,246 contract for 2021/22. The guaranteed date has now been pushed back to August 3. The guaranteed dates of Baynes, Boucher, Watson, Bembry and now Hood are after FA begins.
Tom Moore: #NBA source: #Sixers are more likely to trade the No. 28 pick in Thursday night’s draft than they were a few weeks ago. They apparently have been getting some solid offers for their late first-round selection. #NBADraft
So while Cunningham may share traits with Magic and Bird, the view of him as a can’t-miss prospect is much easier to process because of current-day players like Jokic—and, in particular, Luka Doncic. In broad strokes, Cunningham and Doncic may well be geminis of a very specific playmaking archetype. It’s rare to see perimeter players leverage their size, strength, and stride to create space in the way that both players seem innately aware and capable of. “As prospects, I do think Cade has a pretty similar baseline in terms of the vision and the way he sees the court, the way he processes how everyone is moving,” Zaucha said.
One watches Cunningham expecting a beeline to the right decision; one watches Doncic expecting the seas to magically part, showing another way. But the stylistic difference may not have much effect on substance. “I wonder if there really is a gap in their creativity—the way they manipulate defenders, especially—or if it’s some sort of aesthetic bias at play,” Zaucha said. “Because Luka loves to make those creative decisions, and then sell it with a behind-the-back pass or some wild delivery that the defense doesn’t expect. Whereas I think Cade—from a decision-making perspective, I think Cade solves problems in creative ways, he just doesn’t always make them look creative.”
Who are some of the NBA guys that you like to watch to help improve your game? Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: Two players I really like to watch are Draymond Green and Bam Adebayo. Draymond is a two-way player but defensive-minded and gets everything going for the team. He is very much a facilitator and he is able to find guys but still be aggressive to get his shot or to attack the goal. He is the glue to the team that is really important. I enjoy watching Draymond a lot because he’s just elite at facilitating, defense and being able to guard one through five. Bam, offensively, he is able to score at all three levels. He is able to have mismatches in the post and he is quick on his feet. He is able to hit tough turnaround shots. I like how he gets a lot of play out of the mid-post. I got a lot of that at Villanova this past season. I’m able to watch him get a lot of plays out of the midrange area with jab jumpers and rips to the goal for a dunk. He’s a playmaker, too, and he’s able to stretch to the three.
What about your game do you think will translate best to the next level in the pros? Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: I take a lot of pride in defensive and rebounding. I feel like, at every level, those are two things that can get you on the court. Coach Wright had a triangle for success and at the bottom of the triangle was defense and the next one was rebounding. If you can’t defend or rebound for Coach Wright, you’re not going to be in a position to be on the court. I know that’s gotten me to where I am today. I take a lot of pride in it and I want to keep doing what got me to this position today and keep being myself. I’m in a position to be drafted. Now is not the time to start doing things that I don’t normally do. I just need to keep focusing on doing what I do really well and knowing that what’s gotten me here has gotten me here. I’m going to keep excelling at that to the fullest. My weaknesses, I’ll get better at those on a year-to-year basis. I want to just keep gradually getting better and better.
Junior Robinson might be the only player in the history of college basketball to actively reduce his height in college, only to get taller as a pro. But the notion of players and coaches fudging their proportions is nothing new. Indeed, the basic assumption is that everyone is lying. This is college basketball, after all. Everyone’s looking for any tiny edge. Why would this be any different? So when I explain this idea to some coaches — that I researched the last 11 seasons of NBA Draft Combine height measurements, compared that to the prospects’ college figures and put it all in one big spreadsheet to see where the data would take us — they chuckled knowingly. “This is a great idea,” one coach said, “if you want to see how full of shit coaches really are.”