Dennis Schroder is lucky that Magic Johnson isn't in charge of the Lakers anymore. Because if he was, Johnson wouldn't be planning on bringing Schroder back into the fold for the 2021-22 NBA season.
In a recent interview on AM 570 in Los Angeles, the Laker legend ripped into Schroder and said that he didn't think that Schroder brought a "winning mentality" to Los Angeles.
"I don't think he's a Laker," Johnson said. "That's just my opinion. I don't know if they're gonna sign him back or not. I don't think he brings the winning mentality and attitude that we need.
"He had a chance to show that in this series. And, to me, he failed in this series."
Schroder's performance against the Suns certainly left a lot to be desired. In Los Angeles' 4-2 series loss to Phoenix, Schroder averaged 14.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 32.7 minutes of action per game for the Lakers. However, he shot a cool 40 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from 3-point range, and he did little to help the team after Anthony Davis' injury.
In Game 4 when Davis got hurt, Schroder managed only eight points total in the contest as the Lakers stumbled to an eight-point loss. And in Game 5 when LeBron James needed a secondary scoring partner to step up and replace Davis, Schroder went 0-9 from the field and had zero points in a 30-point blowout loss.
With Schroder now set to be a free agent, his future is uncertain at best. The Lakers did offer him a four-year, $84 million contract at one point, which he reportedly rejected, but he explained that his choice was more about getting to experience free agency for the first time in his eight-year NBA career.
And Schroder confirmed that he would love to return to Los Angeles.
"At the end of the day, like I said, I want to be here and win a championship," Schroder said after the Lakers' Game 6 loss to the Suns. "That’s not even a question. And it wasn’t about money because everybody who knows me knows it’s not about money either. Of course you want to be fair. But at the end of the day, not everything is about money for me and my family.
"At the end of the day, if everything’s good, we’re going to come back and win a championship next year."
But if Johnson has it his way, he'd let Schroder walk.
"If he comes back a Laker, I'm going to support him and I'm going to cheer for him and all that. But I just don't think he's a Laker."