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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 told 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 to him prior to Feb. 16.
Schroder, who entered the final year of a $15.5 million contract, becomes eligible to extend that deal for more money and more years — as much as $83 million over four years — between Feb. 16 through the start of the 2021 offseason.
Schroder, 27, had a strong debut for the Lakers against the LA Clippers on Tuesday, nearly reaching a triple-double (14 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds) and delivering a point guard dimension that the franchise hasn’t possessed in years. The Lakers acquired Schroder in multiteam trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder that cost Los Angeles a 2021 first-round pick and guard Danny Green.
The Lakers can offer a starting salary of