The Los Angeles Lakers were unceremoniously booted from the playoffs by the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.
Prior to the outing, Dennis Schroder stirred up a bunch of drama with a particularly controversial message on social media.
The 27-year-old ultimately scored 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting in the losing effort, serving as one of his team’s lone bright spots offensively.
After the game, Schroder offered an interesting message regarding his future with the Lakers.
“We’re going to be back. I’mma work my a– off to come back here, to give everything because we owe them fans one,” Schroder said.
“I want to win a championship. I’mma work my a– off this summer and come back and be me.”
He didn’t stop there, though.
“Lakers they didn’t do nothing to me, they’re great, got the top two players in the league,” Schroder continued.
“Everybody in the locker room is great. So at the end of the day, like I said, I want to be here and win a championship. That’s not even a question. And it wasn’t about money because everybody who knows it’s not about money either. Of course you want to be fair. But at the end of the day not everything is about money for me and my family. At the end of the day if everything’s good, we’re going to come back and win a championship next year.”
So will Schroder actually remain with the Lakers? There are conflicting views on that.
A few weeks back, Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report suggested that a divorce was likely.
“Multiple league executives who have overlapped with Schroder told B/R they believe the ball-handler is looking to be paid like a top-tier point guard, and his role in Los Angeles may not satisfy his interest in being the leading playmaker for a marquee franchise,” he wrote.
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“He sees himself as a big-market player, and obviously he wants to start,” Bleacher Report was told.
Thus far the Lakers have made it clear that there is one team star they desperately want to trade, and another they deeply want to retain.
How does Schroder ultimately fit into the mix? Time will tell.
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