The Los Angeles Lakers brought Dennis Schroder for another stint. He is super excited about the new opportunity and yes, he is willing to give his best. It was a long year for the guard and Schroder is ready to move on. This signing came like a shock, because the Lakers are already crowded at the backcourt. We’ve heard so many stories about the franchise and none of them offers an accurate prediction. We do know Lakers head coach Darvin Ham has special plans for his players. He will probably find a way to use the newly-signed Lakers guard and Russell Westbrook in his lineup.
Westbrook is not going anywhere in the near future. Rob Pelinka is looking for a trade partner and the Utah Jazz may be Westbrook’s destination, but Ham is working on a strategy using the guys on the current roster. Yes, Schroder and Russ may play together after all. The German native is so excited about this opportunity. He even took to Twitter to deliver a message of support for his new teammate.
The Lakers guard respects Russell Westbrook and his skill set
Schroder has already shared his thoughts on Westbrook, defending him from those who trashed his performance. The one-time MVP faced serious criticism throughout the 2021-22 season and Schroder was one of the very few players who showed great support for him.
There’s a catch though. Schroder’s arrival in Los Angeles may be a sign of a big Westbrook trade. NBA analysts believe that Pelinka brought another guard just because he has found a good trade partner.
Westbrook doesn’t mind any of this. He knows that the Lakers are trying to send him somewhere else. He wouldn’t agree to a buyout, but he’s fine with a trade.
“Russ is very open to a trade. He hasn’t asked for a trade. I’ve been assured of that,” Ramona Shelburne said on The Lowe Post podcast. “But he’s open to that, and somebody who wants him and wants to empower him and wants him to be Russell Westbrook of old.”
It may be too soon to predict a realistic scenario for the Lakers. Pelinka has the final word after all.