LeBron James welcomes Dennis Schroder to Lakers, guard responds
The King took to IG to welcome Schroder to the Lakers and the guard even responded back to the four-time champion.
LeBron James knows Dennis Schroder is a good fit for the Lakers 💯 pic.twitter.com/ulnsQGVvzv
— LakeShow (@LakeShowCP) November 19, 2020
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, LeBron James has actually wanted to play with Dennis Schroder for a while.
In fact, the Lakers almost acquired Schroder from the Oklahoma City Thunder at the 2020 trade deadline.
“They almost traded for him at the deadline in 2020 and they didn’t. There’s been a lot of interest there for a while,” Windhorst said on the Lowe Post.
“The Lakers have wanted for a while to get–and I know they’re very different players–but Rob Pelinka has been very interested in Dennis Schroder and very interested in Derrick Rose. LeBron really likes his (Schroder’s) game. LeBron’s wanted to play with him for a while. Like I said, they almost traded for him before.”
Schroder averaged 18.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game for the Thunder in 2019-20. He shot 46.9 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 83.9 percent from the free-throw line.
The Lakers will likely insert Schroder into their starting lineup. James, who played point guard in 2019-20, now has another elite ball-handler and scorer on the roster who can take some of the offensive pressure off of him.
With Schroder, James and Anthony Davis as the Lakers’ three best scorers, Los Angeles could repeat as champions next season.