RUMOR: LeBron James, Lakers’ rejected trade offer to Celtics for Dennis Schroder, revealed
It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers tried—and failed—to bring in some reinforcements into their squad prior before last Thursday’s trade deadline. One of the names that were linked to LA was Dennis Schroder of the Boston Celtics, who eventually landed with the Houston Rockets before the buzzer.
The Lakers apparently wanted to reunite with Schroder, who incidentally, made his exit from Hollywood last summer after LA decided against offering him a new deal. The Lakers reportedly entered negotiations with the Celtics for the 28-year-old point guard, but as it turns out, their offer did not meet Boston’s valuation for Schroder (h/t Steve Bulpett of heavy.com):
Word is the Celts were looking at other options for Schroder, whose in and out play and the fact it would be near impossible to re-sign him this summer made him a prime candidate for a new address. We’re told the Lakers were offering a couple of second-round picks and some minimum contracts and that there were a number of other talks, but the C’s eventually decided to clear out roster space and reunite with Theis.
The Lakers’ primary trade assets were believed to be Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn, and their 2027 first round pick. They clearly weren’t going to part ways with this lot in exchange for a guy like Schroder so, at this point, the team is stuck with the current roster.
As mentioned, Schroder is now a member of the Rockets. The Celtics eventually settled for a deal wherein they got Daniel Theis in exchange for Schroder, Bruno Fernando, and Enes Freedom.