We’ve seen a lot of NBA players bet on themselves and win in recent years. The fact that they won clouded the betting fact – ask any gambler, and they’ll tell you there are more losers than winners in gambling. Dennis Schroder learned that lesson the hard way.
When the Lakers traded for Schroder, we heard he’s been on LeBron‘s wishlist for a long time. Since his Miami days, James has been asking for more playmaking on his team, for someone else to bring up the ball and be the initiator for a solid half-court offense. Those empty minutes when LeBron is on the bench or taking a possession off have been killing his teams, and LeBron still hasn’t found the right backup. Hearing he was LeBron’s wish, and knowing the Lakers didn’t have a lot of flexibility, Dennis Schroder did something that shocked everyone who follows the NBA.
“The most that Schroder can extend for under his current contract is four years, $84 million. What I have been told is the Lakers did indeed offer him that $84 million over four years … and he said no. He said no to that extension.”Brian Windhorst, The Hoop Collective
Schroder obviously thought he has the upper hand on the Lakers and saw himself as a $100 million player. Fast forward to August, and he’s looking at one-year contracts for one of the exceptions. Schroder thought he was gonna win on the flop, and it turned his hand was more of a Nerlens Noel. The only rumor going around is that the Celtics, in need of a playmaker, are willing to give Schroder a 1+1. Boston could give him one of the exceptions they have – the full mid-level exception (around $9.5 million) or the non-taxpayer mid-level (around $5.89 million). It seems that now Schroder is the one in shock.
“He needs time — I think he’s in a state of shock because of what he’s done.”Mark Murphy, The Boston Herald
I truly don’t get where Schroder got the $100 million idea from. Yes, he was in the conversation for the Sixth Man of the Year in his last year in OKC. But this is where players get hung up on status and don’t consider the context. Schroder was playing with CP3 and Shai in a situation perfect for his skill set. In addition to that, he passed on $84 million to become a free agent in a year with many available point guards and not that much available cap space.
Schroder has made around $70 million in his career so far, so no one is going to shed any tears; his family is set for life. But to pass up on a contract larger than your entire career earnings that keeps you in LA, playing for the Lakers, next to LeBron and AD? Schroder’s plan is to sign a one-year deal and get back on the market next year.
He may get a better deal next offseason, but it’s hardly going to be as good as a boatload of money in LA with a team that equals being in Finals conversation every year. A reminder to everyone out there – betting is a risky endeavor.