The German basketball player signed a one-year contract of USD 5.9 million; however, months ago, he had an offer of USD 84 million. Given this, personalities such as Shaquille O'Neal or Robert Horry spoke out on the matter.
Dennis Schroeder's decision to sign the Celtics has been one of the most controversial in recent years.
The German base had the opportunity to extend his contract with the Lakers after they offered him a 4-year extension for USD 84 million. However, he declined the offer hoping to obtain a more significant profit. The only thing he got was the $ 5.9 million, one-year contract in Boston.
During last season, the Angelenos offered this proposal to the German guard, who showed a good level during his stay: he finished with an average of 15.4 points and 5.8 assists in 61 games. This, perhaps, made him believe that a better proposal would come, but it was not.
During the negotiations of this renewal (in the middle of last season), the claims of the 28-year-old basketball player were around an amount of between USD 100 and 120 million for the contract, something that the Los Angeles team did not decide to accept let go of. So that by the end of the season, Dennis was a free agent.
The 2021 contest ended, and no contract was signed, leaving him without a free agent before the 2021-2022 NBA season began.
Faced with such a situation, the staunch rival of the Lakers, the Celtics, offered a deal to the German: a one-year contract for USD 5.9 million; This caused Schroeder to lose an amount of approximately USD 78 million.
The Free Agency added to the salary limits of the other teams in the league made Dennis Schroeder accept such an exaggerated proposal considering his game.
Indeed, the Lower Saxony, Germany native, will try his best and help Boston to compete for the title. If he is successful, he could reach a better contract. However, it is not known if he is as good as him. offered to him in Los Angeles just a few months ago.
Schroeder looks optimistic after joining the Celtic team. He posted a message on his Instagram account: "I am proud to announce that in the 2021-2022 season, I will be playing for the Boston Celtics. It is one of the best franchises in NBA history, and I It will be an honor to wear green and white and do what I love. I will go to the field every night and leave everything for the city.
Who is ready?
After this deal, figures such as Shaquille O'Neal or Robert Horry expressed their opinions on the subject, the first one stated: "Things that make you hmmmmmmm. What the hell were you thinking? ", While the second expressed," Now you are the disaster of your game plan; you do not know what you are going to do. "
Undoubtedly this is one of the most impressive decisions in the last years of the NBA. It is well known that millionaire contracts are not new in franchises, but this could represent a precedent for other agreements when negotiating contract extensions.
If something is clear, it is that the team led by LeBron James will not miss the German since they were in charge of forming a highly competitive team, and that makes them direct contenders to win the 2022 ring (if they were not yet); who will be able to take the available position as a base is nothing more and nothing less than the historic Russell Westbrook.