A valuable and expensive lesson has been learned by Dennis Schroder and anybody else who thinks they should do what he did.
Schroder turned down an extension offer from the Los Angeles Lakers during the 20-21 season worth in excess of $80 million over four seasons. He thought he could get a lot more in free agency, and boy was he so wrong.
Nobody around the league is offering him that type of money, in fact, the Boston Celtics have offered Dennis Schroder a one-year deal at the taxpayer midlevel exception of $5.9 million, sources tell Jordan Schultz of ESPN.
Schroder wants the full midlevel exception of $9.5 million and also seeks a second-year player option.
Schroder, who averaged 15.4 points and 5.8 assists per game for the Lakers last season, would have the opportunity to form a point guard duo with Marcus Smart in Boston or become the starting point guard if Smart shifts to shooting guard.
Victor Oladipo was another guard who also turned down a two-year, $45.2 million maximum contract extension from the Houston Rockets earlier this year hoping he would cash in during free agency. He was eventually traded to the Miami Heat, got hurt, and was forced to take a 1-year veteran minimum deal from the Heat this offseason.
The veteran minimum salary is around $2.4 for someone with Oladipo’s time in the league.