Ever since he made it to the reigning champions in the offseason, Dennis Schroder has been one of the most polarizing figures around the Los Angeles Lakers. He's been good for them on the court but a bit of a distraction away from it.
Schroder was coming off a career season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He finished second in the Sixth Man of the Year award ranking and was going to give the Lakers another ball-handler and playmaker to defend their title.
However, he didn't seem too convinced of his future with the team, as he turned down an $80+ million extension and was said to want a bigger role and paycheck, presumably with the New York Knicks.
Lakers News: Dennis Schroder Talks About His Future.
So, after taking down 'PG for the Los Angeles Lakers' from his bios on social media, most people speculated that the German guard was on his way out. Nonetheless, his latest statement makes us things that he's actually looking forward to being back with the team:
“We’re going to be back. I’mma work my a– off to come back here, to give everything because we owe them fans one,” Schroder started. “I want to win a championship. I’mma work my a– off this summer and come back and be me.”
“Lakers they didn’t do nothing to me, they’re great, got the top two players in the league," the guard added. "Everybody in the locker room is great. So at the end of the day, like I said, I want to be here and win a championship. That’s not even a question. And it wasn’t about money because everybody who knows it’s not about money either. Of course, you want to be fair. But at the end of the day not everything is about money for me and my family. At the end of the day, if everything’s good, we’re going to come back and win a championship next year.”
Schroder had some big games this season with LeBron James and Anthony Davis out and his averages of 15.4 points and 5.8 assists per game came in pretty handily when they needed him. Then again, those aren't exactly All-NBA numbers, so he would be better off looking for a deal he can actually pay back on the court.