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Rumor: Dennis Schroder’s goals in free agency, revealed

Dennis Schroder free agency Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Dennis Schroder turned down a four-year, $84 million extension earlier this season, putting him in position to hit unrestricted free agency. People around the NBA believe Schroder is looking for an even bigger role and more money.

Via Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer:

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 sees himself as a big-market player, and obviously he wants to start,” said the veteran personnel man.

Dennis Schroder is making $16 million in the last season of his contract. The 27-year-old started all 61 games he played in the regular season, averaging 15.4 points, 5.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 32.1 minutes per game. That’s certainly a sizable role, and it’s for a title contender in the Lakers, but he’s still taking a back seat to LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

It appears Schroder wants more, with the New York Knicks possibly being an option for him. The Knicks will have a lot of cap space and could use an upgrade at point guard. Even if Derrick Rose returns, he’s being used as a bench player and is an effective sixth man.

Fischer notes New York’s interest and suggests a possible deal worth over $90 million total. That kind of contract is certainly even more attractive now that the Knicks are a playoff team and will be looking to contend moving forward.