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.
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“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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