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Dennis Schroder Signs with Toronto Raptors – The German Gets a Starting Role

The Toronto Raptors signed Dennis Schroder to a two-year, $26 million contract. The German will step in the starting point guard position after Fred VanVleet left the Raptors to sign a deal with the Houston Rockets as the NBA free agency opened on July 1.

Dennis Schroder
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How Will Schroder Fit in With the Raptors?

The Raptors are having a busy offseason. First they fired Nick Nurse who led the team to their only NBA championship in 2019, in his rookie season as an NBA head coach.

The Raptors GM Bobby Webster made a brave decision by bringing in the former Memphis Grizzlies assistant, Darko Rajakovic as the new head coach. The Serbian became only the second non-American head coach in NBA history after Igor Kokoskov had a short stint with the Phoenix Suns in the 2018-19 season. 

The Raptors were aware that their starting point guard Fred VanVleet will leave in the free agency and reacted quickly, signing Schroder. This would be a perfect move for both sides. The Raptors are getting a 10-year NBA veteran point guard who is still 29 years old. Schroder saw limited minutes with the Lakers last season as the team from LA brought in D’Angelo Russell for the starting job.

Now, Schroder will be one of the leaders in Toronto and he can make a great pair with the Raptors top scorer Pascal Siakam. He is a versatile point guard who knows how to get his teammates involved and also be a threat whether from the three-point line or using his quickness to get to the rim. Last year, he averaged 12.5 points and 4.6 assists per game and we can expect those numbers to rise in the following season.

Schroder will earn $13 million per year with the Raptors in the following two seasons which is slight cut as he made $16 million with the Lakers last season.

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