Will the Dallas Mavericks regret not signing Dennis Schroder?

Dallas Mavericks, Dennis Schroder
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Did the Dallas Mavericks have a chance to sign Dennis Schroder?

Every team in the NBA had a chance to sign Schroder over the last two summers. Yes, Schroder wanted $20-plus million per season in 2021, but he never got it. The 6’3 guard was forced to sign for the taxpayer mid-level exception with the Celtics because he did not receive a better offer. Schroder wanted a chance to win, and he saw an available ball-handling role in Boston.

This summer, Schroder was likely looking for something similar. He wanted a winning situation with available playing time. The moment Jalen Brunson signed with the Knicks, the Mavs had minutes available, and they had just reached the Western Conference Finals. If Dallas offered a contract before EuroBasket started, Schroder likely would have jumped at the chance to join Luka Doncic and the Mavericks.

The Los Angeles Lakers just traded for Patrick Beverley, and they already have Russell Westbrook on the roster. Kendrick Nunn should finally be healthy, and fans know LeBron James will handle the majority of the ball-handling duties when healthy. The Lakers have minutes available, but there is no guarantee that he plays 30-plus minutes a night and there will be plenty of competition to be the primary playmaker on the floor.

The Dallas Mavericks could have signed Dennis Schroder, but they did not do it. Will they regret that move at the end of the season?