Free agent Dennis Schroder is set to sign a one-year contract worth $2.64 million with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports confirmed. This marks the German national’s return to the Lakers after departing the team following the 2020-21 season. Schroder will also be reuniting with coach Darvin Ham, whom he played for at the Atlanta Hawks.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dennis Schröder back to the Lakers,” general manager Rob Pelinka announced. “Dennis will add both depth and an on-ball defensive presence to our core at the guard position. He is also a proven scorer and playmaker.”
During his 2020-21 campaign with the Lakers, Schroder averaged 15.4 points and nearly six assists; a performance that convinced the team to offer him a contract extension worth over $80 million. Ultimately, he declined the offer, instead moving to the Boston Celtics and averaging 14.4 points and 4.2 assists before being traded to the Houston Rockets after just 15 games.
The 29-year-old also represented Germany in the 2022 EuroBasket tournament, making it as far as the semifinals before crashing out to Spain. Schroder and Germany will face Poland on Sunday in the bronze medal match.