The acquisition of Dennis Schroder by the Boston Celtics felt like a rabbit out of a hat to team president Brad Stevens. Sure, Schroder’s market had dried up as teams chose to spend their free agent dollars elsewhere, but the notion that the Beantowners could land a player of Schroder’s caliber for the taxpayer mid-level exception seemed like science fiction. After all, the 28-year-old had an average of 17. 4 out of 5 stars. three assists, and three. Over the previous five seasons, he averaged 4 rebounds per game. And it was reported that the Los Angeles Lakers were willing to extend his previous contract for another four years and $84 million. Despite this, the high-scoring combo guard found himself in Boston. So, what made Schroder think about relocating to Massachusetts Bay? Just a random DM from a Celtics mainstay and former teammate, it appears.
Big Al’s Big Pitch
According to Jay King of The Athletic, Schroder revealed that an Instagram message from his former Atlanta Hawks teammate, big man Al Horford, influenced his decision to join the #BleedGreen crew. “Let’s get on the phone and talk about the Boston Celtics,” Horford said, according to Schroder. Horford was understandably taken aback that his new/old team was able to sign such a high-caliber player despite having spent the majority of their money. And he was dead set on doing everything he could to help the Celtics land him. Although Schroder eventually communicated with a number of other members of the franchise — Stevens, Jaylen Brown, Ime Udoka; Jayson Tatum texted him — it was Horford’s words that had the most impact. After all, they’d been through the battles together. Horford was adamant about winning, and Schroder knew it.
“He was one of the main reasons I chose the Boston Celtics,” Schroder admitted.
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! While Schroder’s signing gave the Celtics a significant boost in offensive firepower, questions remain about his ability to integrate.
Schroder Thinks He’ll Fit In Nicely
After all, he’s a prolific scorer who shines when he has the ball in his hands, qualities that might seem out of place next to Tatum and Brown, who are both All-Stars.
It’s a scenario Schroder is familiar with — and one he’s been through before. He is confident, however, that he has found a better combination in Boston.
“Of course, it’s difficult to bring your game when you’re playing with two of the best players in the world,” Schroder said via King. “That isn’t even a negative statement..” It’s all about the business aspect of things. Sometimes you don’t feel at ease, and you don’t think you’re a good fit. I’ve had that feeling with LA a couple of times where I’m like, ‘OK, do I really fit in?’ Do we have it nailed? ‘Because you saw what happened in the first round. Of course, there were numerous injuries, but it was simply an odd situation. But, so far, I believe everyone has given me a positive impression. ”
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