How Does Dennis Schroder Help the Toronto Raptors?

Edgar Chaput | Updated Jul 01, 2023

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One veteran leaves and another arrives. With Fred VanVleet gone to Houston, the Raptors signed former Laker Dennis Schroder on Friday.

It didn’t take long for the Toronto Raptors to react to the loss of veteran and former champion Fred VanVleet. Barely an hour after he signed with the Houston Rockets, the Raptors made it official that they had acquired former Los Angeles Laker Dennis Schroder. The deal is for two years and is worth $26 million.

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Time will tell if replacing Fred VanVleet with Dennis Schroder was a good or bad idea. For what it’s worth, Toronto gets a solid, dependable player who can orchestrate the offence and make some shots when needed.

New coach Darko Rajakovic may even want to push him further than that. Or Raptors front office – who are paying the bills – for that matter. To that point, Schroder will be making an average of $13 million a season, a considerable difference from the $2.6 million he earned last year with the Lakers.

Schroder has bounced around the league a lot since making a name for himself with the Atlanta Hawks from 2013 to 2018. Since then, he spent two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, one with the Lakers (his first stint), a year with the Boston Celtics, an injury-plagued campaign with the Houston Rockets, and a second with the Lakers.

For his career, the German-native averages 14.0 points per game, 4.7 assists, and 2.9 rebounds. Those are lower figures than VanVleet, so the expectations will be higher once the season starts.