Dennis Schroder Suggests He and LeBron James 'Run It Back' with Lakers in IG Post

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJuly 19, 2022

PORTLAND, OREGON - MARCH 26: Dennis Schroder #17 of the Houston Rockets gestures during the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center on March 26, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. The Houston Rockets won 115-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
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Dennis Schroder reportedly wanted a bigger role during his lone season with the Los Angeles Lakers, but it appears absence might have made his heart grow fonder.

Schroder made a public plea for a reunion in a reply to a LeBron James Instagram comment:

Daniel Starkand @DStarkand

The comments section of Dennis Schroder’s IG post this morning… <a href="https://t.co/OPkMV82ec5">pic.twitter.com/OPkMV82ec5</a>

The veteran point guard remains a free agent after splitting the 2021-22 season with the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets. He spent the 2020-21 campaign in Los Angeles and reportedly turning down an $84 million contract extension offer from the Lakers before the season. The Celtics signed Schroder for $5.9 million the following summer.

That was one of the most legendary bag fumbles in NBA history, but Schroder may be looking for a shot at redemption. The Lakers could use a backup point guard behind Russell Westbrook—or a certain enigmatic trade target—but have only veteran-minimum contracts to offer.

Schroder's fall from grace has been significant, but he's still a reliable bench scorer who doesn't turn 29 until September. If he's willing to return at the minimum, the Lakers would be smart to run it back.