DENNIS Schröder’s redemption arc has been completed after a remarkable summer.
The former Los Angeles Laker, 29, was named tournament MVP as he helped Germany win the FIBA World Cup.
Dennis Schroder has turned his career around in just 12 monthsCredit: Getty
The German guard took a huge pay cut to rejoin the Los Angeles LakersCredit: Getty
After a strong season and a World Cup MVP performance, he is now heading into 2023 as the starting PG in TorontoCredit: Getty
Schröder’s heroics came just weeks after he penned a two-year, $26million contract with the Toronto Raptors.
The German point guard didn’t have an NBA team this time last year and was unemployed, fearing for his career.
But last month he averaged 19.1 points in the World Cup and helped his country beat the USA in the semi-finals of the tournament.
Schröder turned down $84million from the Lakers to try his luck in free agency in 2022 – only for the move to backfire.
He reportedly rejected a bumper four-year contract extension from Los Angeles a year prior.
But after injury and loss of form hampered his 2021 season, he was forced to take a huge pay cut to stay with the organization.
Schröder earned $2.2million last season, per Spotrac, a pay decrease from his former Lakers deal of around $12.5million.
The 6-foot-1 guard is now hoping to take the league by storm after signing with the Raptors in June.
Last season he started 50 games for the Lakers, averaging 12.6 points and 4.5 assists per game.
And Schröder hopes linking up with coach Darko Rajakovic in Toronto will see him produce as the starting PG in 2023.
He told Fox Sports’ Malika Andrews: “I think Darko [Rajakovic], the head coach [was the reason I joined the Raptors].
“I met him 5 years ago in Oklahoma, we became friends.
“I definitely said to my agent, ‘I want be there.’ I think it’s a great fit.”
Schröder was a first-round pick in 2013 and spent his first five years in the league with the Atlanta Hawks.
Now a veteran of the league, the guard has made the postseason in eight of his 10 seasons in the NBA.