Dennis Schroder, a free agent point guard, revealed on his
Instagram account Tuesday that he will join the Boston Celtics.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the contract will last a year and will cover the $5.9 million taxpayers’ midlevel exception.
Schroder, who will be 28 in September, was the last major unrestricted free agent still available.
During the regular season, he turned down a lucrative contract offer worth north of $80 million from the Los Angeles Lakers in order to seek a larger deal this summer.
In Boston, Schroder will join a Celtics club that has a vacancy at point guard after the trade of Kemba Walker to the Oklahoma City Thunder, giving him the opportunity to increase his worth when he becomes a free agent next summer.
“I’m ecstatic to announce that I’ll be playing for the Chicago Bulls in the 2021-22 season!” Schroder used Instagram to express his feelings.
“It will be an honor to put on the green and white and perform what I love for one of the greatest NBA teams in history! Every night, I’m heading to the city and leaving everything on the floor!! Are you all set?”
Last year’s NBA draught saw the Lakers acquire Schroder in a deal with the Thunder with Danny Green and a first-round selection.
Schroder led the Lakers with 15.4 scored and 5.8 points in 61 games (all starts), but he was dogged by controversy after missing 11 games late in the regular season due to the NBA’s health and safety regulations.
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He informed a German magazine that he and LeBron James were the only Lakers players who had not been
vaccinated, before returning home and telling local media, “I’m the only person who hasn’t had his
That’s all I’m going to say about it.”
In the Lakers’ six-game defeat to the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, he averaged 14.3 points
while shooting only half from the general and 30.3 percent from outside the arc.
“You go through the bulls—- to get to the nices—-,” Schroder said after the Suns series in his end-of-season press conference.
Boston is currently touching over $4 million above the salary cap with 15 guaranteed contracts on its roster after adding Schroder for
the taxpayer midlevel exception and center Enes Kanter for a one-year minimum deal.
The Celtics are coming off a dismal season in which they finished seventh in the East and lost the first round of the Eastern
Conference playoffs to the Brooklyn Nets in five games.
Veteran manager of player development Danny Ainge stepped down after the season, longtime coach Brad Stevens took his position,
and the Celtics hired Nets assistant Ime Udoka to take his place.
According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the Lakers are facing a payroll and luxury tax
bill of nearly $200 million even without Schroder after trading for Russell
Westbrook, signing Kendrick Nunn to a two-year, $10 million deal, re-signing Talon
Horton-Tucker to a three-year, $32 million deal, and having to fill out the rest
including its team with one-year standard rate deals, including contracts for future
Hall of Famers Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard.