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With the 2022-23 NBA season fast approaching, the Los Angeles Lakers The team announced Friday that they have signed free agent point guard Dennis Schroder. Our NBA Insider, Bill Reiter, confirms the contract is for $2.64 million for one year. A nine-year NBA veteran, Schroder previously played for the Lakers during the 2020-21 season, averaging 15.4 points and 5.8 assists in 61 games.

After missing the postseason after a disappointing 2021-22 campaign, the Lakers have rebuilt their roster around LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, bringing in players like Patrick Beverley, Lonnie Walker IV, Juan Toscano-Anderson and now Schroder. . While the Lakers’ offseason goal seems to be getting younger and more athletic, established veteran units like Beverley and Schroder have given them more familiar products heading into the upcoming season.

“We are thrilled to have Dennis Schroder return to the Lakers,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said in a statement. “It’s not just Dennis and the coach [Darvin] Hamm shares a player-coach history together, but they mirror each other’s mindset of toughness through intense competition. Dennis adds both depth and a defensive presence at the guard position. He is a proven goalscorer and playmaker. We are very excited for Dennis to arrive at camp and back to work in LA after a very successful run with the national team this season.

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Now that the Lakers have three point guards on the roster (four if you count Kendrick Nunn), questions about Westbrook’s future in Los Angeles will continue to arise. The Lakers have been shopping the embattled former star for a long time, and adding another point guard would add fuel to the fire. That being said, Hamm also has a plan for how to use Westbrook in the upcoming season.

b Boston Celtics Before going on sale last season Houston RocketsHe played only 15 games. Although he’s never been particularly efficient (44/34/83 shooting splits for his career), Schroder has always put up numbers, especially points and assists. He averaged 19.4 points for his career Hawk In the year He was the sixth man of the year in 2016-17, and second in 2019-20 with 18.9 points and four assists per game. Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Lakers won’t ask Schroder to be the team’s primary player, but he can score off the bench for an offense that finished 22nd in the NBA last season.

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