Predicting where each Lakers free agent will sign this offseason

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Los Angeles Lakers: Dennis Schroder
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Dennis Schroder – Los Angeles Lakers

After nearly going unsigned to start the season, the Lakers swooped in at the last minute to sign Dennis Schroder to a minimum deal. That proved to be a bargain, as Schroder played a key role all year long and started in 50 of LA’s 66 regular season games.

The guard put up fine numbers with 12.6 points and 4.5 assists per game in that timeframe. He’ll now hit free agency, and it would not be too surprising if he wound up back in Los Angeles for another go-round.

No matter who the Lakers decide to start at point guard next season, which will be discussed in a minute, Schroder would be a fine backup. He can score and assist at a high level and also has his share of experience playing with the team’s core players.

Schroder can orchestrate the offense at times to alleviate constant pressure off of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. It’s simply a low-risk move for Los Angeles to keep him, especially if they can do so on a team-friendly deal, which one would think they could.

Schroder’s days of getting hefty deals are likely done, but he can still contribute at a high level on a team looking to contend. If the Lakers could convince him to stay on another minimum deal, it may be a big win for the franchise as they aim to fortify this roster.