A revealing Instagram post has revealed an American star’s brutal response to the mistake that made him a laughing stock.
NBA star Dennis Schroder does not need our pity.
The 28-year-old gambled on himself hard this year when rejecting an AUD$114 million contract and it will be the biggest mistake he makes in his life.
But some perspective was given to his so-called contract disaster on Thursday when he posted a photo on Instagram showing how it looks to lose $100 million when you’re playing in the richest league in the world.
Reports emerged last month Schroder was still struggling to come to terms with the fact his decision to put himself on the open market ultimately robbed himself of the monster $114m offer the Los Angles Lakers had already put on the table.
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By the time he realised he wasn’t as hot as he thought he would be with rival teams, the Lakers had moved on and closed the door to him, having signed Russell Westbrook.
Schroder eventually signed a one-season deal worth AUD$8 million with the Boston Celtics.
The jokes about him fumbling a nine-figure contract have been flying all over cyberspace since his deal with Boston was confirmed, but it is the star point guard who is having the last laugh. His photo includes some eye-watering details.
Turns out $8 million ain’t bad.
“I’m gonna do this ONE time! Insert your best ‘fumbled the bag’ joke here,” Schroder captioned a photo of himself in mock despair surrounded by two luxury supercars and personalised Louis Vuitton baggage.
“It’s my birthday so let’s get this over with and get back to business,” he added as part of the Instagram post.
The baggage alone is worth more than $30,000 and is part of the luxury brand’s LVXNBA II collaboration with the league.
The blue Bugatti Chiron pictured also retails around $5.5 million. The price point for the black Rolls Royce pictured also begins at $900,000.
The post included screenshots of meme’s fans had sent him taking the mickey out of his free agency pain.
If Schroder can still afford to splash out on the cars and bags in his post, he’s going to be just fine. Thanks for your concern.
With the Lakers, Schroder averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting 43.7 per cent from the field. He’s become a solid two-way player with playmaking abilities and could add depth to the Celtics alongside Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
The caveat with Boston acquiring Schroder is his desire to be a starting point guard. If he’s brought on behind Marcus Smart, it’s possible he could run into chemistry and relationship issues in Boston — something the team has dealt with at the point guard position since Kyrie Irving’s Celtics stint.
Schroder has another chance to earn a monster deal next year when he will once again go on the open market during free agency.