Hours earlier than the Los Angeles Lakers battle to lengthen their 2020-21 season in Sport 6 in opposition to the Phoenix Suns, Dennis Schroder made a presumably noteworthy and undoubtedly eyebrow-raising change to his Instagram web page.
The “PG for the Los Angeles Lakers” — not less than, for yet another night time — eliminated that job description from his IG bio late Thursday morning.
As many Lakers followers instantly speculated on Twitter and/or naturally questioned: may the inauspicious change to Schroder’s Instagram point out a tactical change to the Los Angeles beginning lineup for the largest sport of the season?
Since earlier than he performed a sport as a Laker, particular person position in LA has seemed to be > shopping for into group success for Dennis from feedback he made to media.
Is that this an indication of a lineup change? https://t.co/NqXvK8GSHi
— Cranjis McBasketball (@Tim_NBA) June 3, 2021
Schroder and the Lakers have been at odds for months. The 28-year-old level guard turned down a four-year, $84 million extension, and he has repeatedly expressed a choice to discover free company and search a “honest” contract. Numerous reporting signifies that “honest” to Schroder means “top-tier” guard cash in a giant market, maybe within the $25-$30 million per yr vary.
Since then, Schroder’s worth has resembled Doge. He was almost traded for Kyle Lowry, performed wonderful ball with LeBron James sidelined, then weirdly hit the well being and security protocols simply in time to be out of form for the playoffs. He hasn’t resembled himself since returning.
Following sturdy performances in Video games 2 and three, I praised Schroder (and Andre Drummond) for excelling of their playoff roles, and, not less than for 2 video games, not letting their impending free company have an effect on their postseason strategy.
Since I printed these fateful phrases, Schroder has been abysmal. He adopted up a 3-of-13 exhibiting in Sport 3 with a scoreless 0-of-9 stinker within the Lakers’ blowout Sport 4 loss. Schroder has a mixed 4 assists and posted a minus-25 plus/minus over the previous two video games. As a substitute of stepping up with Anthony Davis hobbled, he has concerningly shied away from the second.
“I gotta be higher, for positive,” Schröder stated after Sport 5. “That’s not even a query. … I believe everyone can do higher, but it surely begins with me, for positive. AD was out. It begins with me being aggressive and serving to LeBron and all these different guys.”
If the Lakers do make any drastic lineup modifications, search for Alex Caruso to maneuver into the beginning 5. The Lakers often use him as their lead guard in crunch time, anyway, and he obtained the beginning nod the final time L.A. confronted a Sport 6: within the 2020 NBA Finals vs. the Miami Warmth.
As for the longer term? Even greater modifications might be on the horizon for Schroder and the Lakers.