Boston Celtics

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 02: Dennis Schroder #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers brings the ball up court during a 114-104 Phoenix Suns win at Staples Center on March 02, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Celtics’ reported interest in Dennis Schröder has graduated to a full-on contract offer to the 27-year-old free agent, according to MassLive’s Brian Robb.

“The team is waiting on an answer from free agent point guard Dennis Schröder after offering him a one-year contract league sources tell MassLive,” Robb wrote late Monday night. “There is a possibility of a two-year deal with a player option as well for Schröder being considered.”

A free agent after spending last year with the Lakers, Schröder is looking for a landing spot after reportedly rejecting an extension worth over $80 million this past season, and after severely misjudging the open market, with Schröder reportedly approaching the market hoping for a deal worth at least $100 million.

As you’d expect, neither figure is on the table from Boston, with the Celtics instead looking to sign the German-born guard using their mid-level exception, according to Robb.

A 6-foot-3 guard, Schröder is coming off a 2020-21 campaign that featured 15.4 points, 5.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game over a 61-game run with the Lakers. Schröder’s 5.8 assists per night finished as his highest average since his 6.2 dimes per game with the Hawks in 2017-18, and Schröder’s 1.1 steals per game were tied for a single-season best.

Overall, the No. 17 overall pick from the 2013 NBA Draft has averaged 14.3 points, 4.7 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and shot 43.6 percent from the field in a 557-game spent with the Hawks, Thunder, and Lakers.

There’s also no doubt that he’d provide a lift to a Celtic backcourt in definite need of help at the point, with Marcus Smart slated to open the season as the team’s starting point guard, and with Payton Pritchard, Carsen Edwards, Kris Dunn, and perhaps 2020 second-round pick Yam Madar as potential depth options for the Green at the 1.

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