Dennis Schroder has been eligible for a contract extension with the Lakers for more than a month, and he's making it clear that he wants to stay in Los Angeles for the long haul.
Dennis Schroder on an extension: "At the end of the day, I want to be a Laker for a long time. But I've always said I want it to be fair."— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) March 19, 2021
Adds later: "I don't know what's going to happen. ... But I don't want to think about it too much and not play the right way as well."
Since the Lakers acquired Schroder in an offseason trade, the 27-year-old guard has been a dynamic off-the-dribble creator, and he expects to get handsomely rewarded for it.
Schroder could not make it more obvious he wants to stay in Los Angeles, but not all negotiations are done overnight, and there is still plenty of time for Lakers president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka and Schroder's agent, Alex Saratsis, to come to an agreement.
The most LA can offer right now is a four-year deal with an $18.6 million starting salary. Schroder is eligible to sign for more money if he waits until this offseason to sign on the dotted line.
While the Lakers are looking at a daunting luxury tax bill if they re-sign Schroder, the good news is owner Jeanie Buss has said she's prepared to bring out the checkbook.
Over his past 10 games, Schroder is averaging 16.8 points, six assists and 1.3 steals.
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