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Celtics’ Dennis Schroder reacts to massive hate after Lakers exit, failed free agency

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Dennis Schroder has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticisms and mockery after he signed a one-year, $5.9 million deal with the Boston Celtics in free agency. After all, he thought he would be getting paid this offseason when he declined a four-year, $84 million extension with the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2020-21 campaign.

Sure enough, the German point guard has seen all the jokes and memes about him and heard all the noise surrounding his situation. Instead of firing back with reactive comments, though, the new Celtics playmaker simply told people to “keep that same energy“—basically telling his haters that he will prove them wrong and show he’s worthy of the contract that he was initially seeking.

Dennis Schroder was reportedly looking for a $100-$120 million deal in free agency, which was why he rejected the Lakers’ offer that’s way below his desired salary. Unfortunately, as free agency opened and the days passed with teams consuming their cap space, it became clear the 27-year-old floor general wouldn’t be getting the money he wants.

While Schroder played solidly for the Lakers during the 2020-21 regular season, averaging 15.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists, he struggled in the playoffs and was a non-factor in their three straight losses to the Phoenix Suns to close the first round.

With the Celtics and his prove-it deal, however, Schroder gets a chance to show everyone what he can truly do and that his playoff performance was nothing but a blip on the radar.

For the Celtics, they certainly want a hungry and motivated Schroder—and it looks like that’s what they’re getting.