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Dennis Schröder signed a one-year, $5.4 million deal with the Celtics yesterday, and while many of us would love to make $5.4 mill in one year, this deal actually shows just how dumb Schröder has been. The point guard recently turned down a four-year, $84 million contract extension with the Lakers just a few months ago.
Hard to feel sorry for an NBA player making $65,853 a game to play a sport that’s in decline, but losing $80 million doesn’t sound fun either. And just in case you were wondering who needs to be fired for this negotiations disaster, Jeff Austin serves as Schröder’s agent. I’m only trying to help.
Schroder averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds on just 43 percent from the field last season, so it’s unclear why he ever thought he’d get a better deal than the one the Lakers offered him. If you’re an athlete who will never even be on a billboard at Footlocker, you accept a $21 million a year payday.
Even considering leveraging yourself into free agency like he did or “betting on yourself” is pure comedy at this point. The fact that no one around Dennis Schröder had the guts to let him know he’s not worth $84 million, let alone more in free agency, goes to show the guy needs new friends.
I should add that Schröder isn’t terrible. He was a menace defensively last year for the Lakers, which has a market, but not one north of $100 million. That’s what he was asking for, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, and it’s bad advice. He should have taken that bag and put a smile on his face.
Twitter had a field day at Schröder’s expense (I did, too)
Dennis Schroeder rejecting the Lakers $84 million extension: pic.twitter.com/zMwLdZ68wO— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) August 10, 2021
Praying for that man Dennis Schroder’s mental health.— Barflaan Tedoe 🇱🇷 (@The_Barftender) August 10, 2021
I lost 20$ the other day and couldn’t breathe. Can only imagine what he’s going through
Schroder now heads to Boston looking to reset his market for next off-season. He’ll likely land a long-term deal — it just won’t be for what he could’ve locked in months ago. Tough luck.