Rob Pelinka does not take a night off it seems with Los Angeles Lakers business!
Before the game, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, reported that the Lakers brass and current starter Dennis Schroder have been talking about a contract extension. He also reported Schroder passed on the Lakers’ initial offer.
"The Los Angeles Lakers have begun engaging with starting point guard Dennis Schroder in contract extension talks, and those discussions are expected to pick up again as soon as mid-February, sources tell ESPN. Before the start of the season, Schroder turned down an initial Lakers offer to extend his contract for an additional two-years and $33.4 million, sources said — an overture that represented the maximum allowable offer the Lakers could make him prior to February 16."
Two reasons this website advises against Lakers fans trying to figure out Rob Pelinka.
- One, that man does not leak anything to the press. Even that Woj Bomb is a couple of steps behind the front office.
- Two, that Pelinka seemingly works 24 hours a day to keep the talent options open. The Los Angeles Lakers are defending champions with a great chance to repeat and Pelinka is thinking five years ahead!
Schroder declining the offer is nothing but straight business. The Lakers can offer more money later on this season and can continue to do so until the offseason. More from Wojnarowski on the logistics of the negotiations.
"The Lakers can offer a starting salary of $18.6 million starting with the 2021-2022 season, which creates much more of a realistic opportunity for the Lakers, Schroder, and his agent, Alex Saratsis, to find a landing spot on a market-value extension with the Lakers. If there’s no deal before the offseason, the Lakers possessed Schroder’s Bird Rights to go over the salary cap in re-signing him. To lose Schroder in free agency would leave the Lakers limited in replacing him, because they’d only have a $9.5 million midlevel exception available to use in free agency."
Enough breaking news for now. Back to the game. Let’s discuss the superstars. LeBron James is up first because he made history (Like again!) in the game. Read on to see how he did and what records he broke.