LAS VEGAS — The Boston Celtics have filled a new at point guard — and for the price, it’s looking like a value deal.

Boston has agreed to a one-year contract with Dennis Schroder, a league source confirmed to MassLive. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Schroder quickly confirmed the news on Instagram, sending out a message that he’s ready to join the Celtics.

“I’m proud to announce that for the 2021-22 season I’ll be playing with the Boston Celtics!” Schroder wrote on Instagram. “This one of the best franchises in NBA history and it will be a honour to put on the green and white and do what I love! I’m going out there every night and leaving it all on the floor for the city!! Who’s ready!?”


Dennis Schroder (17), who played for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, gets off a shot over Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, left, as Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) looks on during an NBA first-round playoff series in May. Schroder signed a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. AP file photo

Schroder is a big get for the Celtics, who needed another point guard after trading Kemba Walker earlier in the offseason. Schroder’s contract is only for the $5.9 million taxpayer mid-level exception, according to the source, which is a huge benefit for Boston. Instead of the full $9.5 million mid-level exception, the Celtics are not hard-capped at $143 million, which offers more financial flexibility.

The contract should be a benefit for both sides. The Celtics get a talented player for only one year and don’t have to commit any long-term money. Schroder gets a prove-it deal after reportedly turning down an $84 million extension from the Lakers. He averaged 15.4 points per game in his only season in Los Angeles. Schroder also has played for the Hawks and the Thunder, and has a career scoring average of 14.3 over eight seasons.

Schroder should be an intriguing fit on the Celtics. But he’ll get plenty of playing time, which is what he needs to hit next summer’s free agency with momentum.

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