Dennis Schroder is coming off a 2021-22 NBA season that saw him suit up for the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets.
In 15 outings with the latter squad he averaged 10 points per game on 39 percent shooting from the field and 32 percent from beyond the arc. In addition, he also chipped in three rebounds, five assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game.
Now, as a free agent, Schroder must decide what the future holds for him.
One team has quietly crept up as the frontrunner to land the 28-year-old.
As noted by Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report, the Miami Heat makes a lot of sense for Schroder.
“Of the teams with at least the taxpayer mid-level exception left, Miami makes the most sense for Schroder,” he wrote.
“Kyle Lowry had a rocky first season with the Heat, as the 36-year-old missed 19 games and averaged his lowest scoring output since the 2012-13 season (13.4 points per game).
“While third-year guard Gabe Vincent did an admirable job filling in, Miami could use another veteran ball-handler as insurance for Lowry and to help keep him fresh for the playoffs. He’d be a backup to Lowry here but could still receive good minutes for a team that just made it to the Eastern Conference Finals.”
Swartz suggests that a one-year, $6.5 million taxpayer mid-level is a realistic deal for Schroder.
Schroder obviously is infamous in NBA circles for rejecting an $84 million deal from the Los Angeles Lakers because he believed he was worth more. Shortly thereafter he was forced to sign a $5.9 million contract with the Celtics, who subsequently traded him.
Much has been made of Schroder’s inability to play with LeBron James and his teammates hating him. It’s unclear how much of a role that has played in his recent woes.
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Heading into last year, Schroder’s stint in Boston was supposed to be his chance to prove himself as an elite role player in the NBA. Given that the Celtics were at their worst with him on the roster and subsequently traded him, clearly that didn’t end up happening.
Will Schroder be able to right recent wrongs when he inevitably joins the Heat?
Time will tell.
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