Recent reports have suggested that Boston has been holding talks with Schroder as they seek a starting-caliber floor leader, so this news doesn’t come as a suprise.
Per Schultz, the Celtics’ offer is for one year at the taxpayer mid-level exception, which amounts to about $5.9 million.
Meanwhile, Schroder is asking for a second-year player option and a deal worth the full mid-level exception, or about $9,5 million, Schultz added. The Celtics are apparently hesitant to do that because it would mean they are up against the cap.
“There have also been reports that Boston wants to create as much cap flexibility as possible in 2022, which may make the club reluctant to tack on a second-year player option for Schroder,” wrote Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors.
Schroder, 27, averaged 15.4 points and 4.8 assists in 61 games last season with the Lakers. He reportedly was seeking a four-year, $84 million extension with LA in search of a larger deal.
Instead, Schroder became expendable after the Lakers were able to land Russell Westbrook in a multiteam team trade.
Now, only a couple of teams can pay Schroder anywhere near the type of deal he sought, and it doesn’t appear that type of market exists for him at this point.
As for the Celtics, while things seem to be iffy at this point, there’s plenty of belief that they can reach a deal with Schroder prior to the start of the season.