The Los Angeles Lakers are in a rather uncomfortable position at the moment. General Manager Rob Pelinka is still looking for a trade partner and Patrick Beverley is the only player he traded for this offseason. Getting rid of Russell Westbrook makes sense because he struggled a lot in his first season with the team. The Lakers have been looking for the perfect trade partner for quite some time. Now they are willing to add some first-round picks to his offer. If Russ goes somewhere else, the franchise will need more help at guard. According to Eric Pincus, the Lakers may reunite with a former guard and strengthen this position.
The 2021-22 Lakers roster had a lot of experienced veterans who couldn’t bond. It didn’t work. According to Pincus, Dennis Schroder could be a good fit for the current Lakers team. Yes, he is a free agent and Pelinka should consider adding him again. Pincus even insists that Schroder is “the best available free agent.”
“Whatever went south between Schröder and the Lakers on an extension back in 2020-21 is water under the bridge,” Pincus wrote. “He’s a known quantity and probably the best available free agent. The Lakers don’t need him as situated, but if a Westbrook trade comes to pass that also costs the team Nunn, a Beverley and Schröder pairing is reasonable.”
Lakers to reunite with the former guard and solve at least one problem
Fun fact? Marc Stein discussed a similar proposal. Schroder knows the Lakers and he has played with LeBron James. He made some stops in the NFL, joining the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets. In his time with the Lakers, the German native averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game while going 34.4% from the perimeter and 47.6% from two-point range. He is an effective, speedy shooter who can do miracles on the floor.
What’s Schroder up to now? He is leading Germany to a title in the FIBA EuroBasket competition. In five games of the competition, the former Laker averaged 19 points, 2.6 rebounds, and seven assists per game while going 37.4% from the field.