July 24, 2021

Dennis Schroder doesn’t want to come off the bench anymore with the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have made quite a splash during this shortened NBA offseason, most notably acquiring both reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell and his runner-up Dennis Schroder.

However, the latter player apparently is apparently no longer interested in being a sixth (seventh?) man.

The former Oklahoma City Thunder guard told reporters on Monday that he wants to start alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

This is apparently not a surprise for the Lakers, though Schroder indicated that the conversation was through his agent and not himself. However, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin later reported that the Lakers have not settled on a starting lineup and that Schroder could actually be asked to come off the bench.

The last time Schroder regularly started was the 2017-18 season with the Atlanta Hawks.

If Schroder and the Lakers actually are all on the same page, that’s fine, though it does raise some question about how the Lakers’ rotation and starting lineup is going to work next season.

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