The Lakers head into an offseason where there are many question marks, including whether or not Dennis Schroder will return. The point guard has said the right things publicly about returning to Los Angeles, though before Game 6, he removed his affiliation from the team off of his social media and rumors continue to swirl about his fit with LeBron James‘ club.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com hears that some within the Lakers organization were frustrated with Schroders play this year, which is something that led to the front office putting him on the table in Kyle Lowry trade talks. Los Angeles was one of the teams in the mix for the Raptors’ point guard leading up to the trade deadline (along with Philadelphia and Miami), though ultimately, Toronto opted to keep Lowry.
Schroder is just one of several Lakers set to hit the free agent market this summer. Alex Caruso, Talen Horton-Tucker, Andre Drummond, and Markieff Morris all have expiring contracts and Montrezl Harrell could hit the market if he turns down his $9.7 million player option.
More NBA Rumors
- Heat president Pat Riley said he spoke to power forward Bam Adebayo about delaying Adebayo’s contract extension back in November, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Such a move would have given the Heat more than $12 million in available cap space this summer, but Adebayo wanted the extension right away and Miami is in a different cap situation now. “We tried to convince him this could be different,” Riley said.
- Multiple teams are expected to pursue Pacers center Myles Turner via trade. The Hornets, Knicks, Celtics, and Lakers are among those with an interest in Turner, according to NBA journalist Evan Massey.
- The Magic are impressed with how Michael Carter-Williams has developed as a mentor to the team’s younger players, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel writes. MCW has one year remaining on his contract, which pays him $3.3 million.
- Some around the league believe that Jarrett Allen is the only surefire starter on the Cavaliers, Jason Lloyd of The Athletic writes. Allen arrived in Cleveland via the James Harden deal and has blossomed into an intriguing young building block for the club. However, Lloyd’s report might say more about Darius Garland and Collin Sexton than it does Allen.