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NBA rumors: Heat, Knicks to pursue Dennis Schr�der in free agency

Apr 24, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) in action during the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers’ point guard Dennis Schr�der will draw interest from the Miami Heat and New York Knicks this offseason. The upcoming free agent turned down an $84 million contract extension from the Lakers earlier this season. He turned down the offer in hopes of getting a $100 million offer this offseason. However, due to his scoreless performance in game four of the first round when the Lakers needed him most, his hopes for a big payday took a massive hit.

Unless the Lakers survive the Suns and make a deep playoff run with Schr�der playing a pivotal role, he will unlikely not return to Los Angeles. Dennis has made it clear he will probably go to the highest bidder this offseason. Heat, Knicks to pursue Dennis Schr�der in free agency.

New York Knicks

The New York Knicks would be a good option for Schr�der, as they would love to add more depth to their backcourt. Elfrid Payton, who started most of the regular season games at point guard, will likely leave. Derrick Rose, who is also a free agent, wants to return to the Knicks.

The feeling is mutual between Rose and the Knicks. If Rose returns, it will be unlikely they sign Schr�der too. The Knicks have other priorities in free agency than to pay two point guards decent money.

Miami Heat

An intriguing scenario for Schr�der would be the Miami Heat. After getting swept in the first round, the Heat will want to improve their backcourt. Schr�der would be a great playmaker and complementary piece to Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. He would likely have a bigger role in the offense than he has with the Lakers.

Schr�der is in his prime and would be a great fit. Pat Riley wants to make notable changes this offseason, and Schr�der could be one of them. Kawhi Leonard is rumored to be a possibility for the Heat if the Clippers get bounced early again. If that happens, they would not be able to afford Schr�der.

Schr�der averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game for the Lakers this year. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out for him and the Lakers, as it could determine how much money he will make this offseason.

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