For most of his career, LeBron James has had a lot of pull when it comes to front office decisions. As one of the greatest players to ever step foot on an NBA court, James has ensured organizations have done whatever they can to keep him happy.
After missing the playoffs last season, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking to get back in the hunt for a title. To do so, they will need to make the necessary upgrades. LeBron James has reportedly been hard at work trying to get a former teammate back in the purple and gold.
Two seasons ago, the Lakers signed veteran sixth man Dennis Schroder to a one-year deal. In that time, he averaged 15.4 points and 5.8 assists per game. Schroder was recently seen interacting with LeBron James on social media, leading to speculation of a potential reunion in LA.
FS1's Skip Bayless touched on Schroder potentially making his way back to the Lakers. He feels the veteran guard is a better fit alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis than Russell Westbrook.
"Right now, Dennis Schröder is better than Russell Westbrook. He would be more acceptable to LeBron and AD. He would be much more useful and a better fit for LeBron than Russ."
Is Skip Bayless right about Dennis Schroder being a better fit alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis?
Given that he put up good numbers when playing for the Lakers, it's fair to assume Dennis Schroder could be an upgrade on Westbrook. However, to say he's a much better fit next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis is a bit of a stretch.
When the Lakers won the title in the NBA bubble, they did it with a simple blueprint. They surrounded their star duo with defense and shooting.
Schroder is a 33.8% shooter from beyond the arc. The only way Schroder is a better fit than Russell Westbrook is from a role perspective. While in LA, he knew that James and Anthony Davis were the focal points, and learned to play off them. Russell Westbrook struggled to do the same.
If Jamesw is trying to play nice with Schroder, it's simply because the free agent market has dried up. With minimal options to choose from at this point, he is opting for a player that he is already familiar with.