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Clippings: Dennis Schröder doesn’t want to come to the Clippers

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Well ok, then.

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Dennis Schröder is a point guard who likes to score and is right in the peak of his powers. The LA Clippers could use a player like that as they push for an NBA title.

But don’t count on that happening, as the 27-year-old German told the MagentaSport podcast in a recent episode that he’s not interested in leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“Yes, I have received offers,” Schröder said, “But I never wanted to go to the Lakers, the Clippers, or all the names that my agents have called.”

How serious was any interest by the Clippers? When? Was there any legit interest at all? Maybe, maybe not, but Schröder’s name hasn’t been part of the NBA trade rumors this offseason, to be honest. I wouldn’t be shocked if teams like the Clippers were putting out feelers for him, but the comments by the player strike me more as a player who wants to publicly demonstrate his loyalty to his current team.

But anyway, put Schröder down as not interested in coming to Los Angeles. Noted.

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