Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder will remain out due to health and safety protocol on Monday when the team hosts the Washington Wizards. Schröder is the second Lakers rotation player – the first being Alex Caruso – to miss several games this season under the NBA’s Coronavirus guidelines. Alfonzo McKinnie also missed the beginning of training camp due to the protocol.
According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, the good news is that the off-season acquisition has been testing negative for COVID-19 during this stretch of missed games, starting with the loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. Instead, the point guard has been forced to quarantine due to contact tracing with someone who has tested positive.
According to head coach Frank Vogel, Schröder will miss Wednesday’s tilt with the Western Conference-leading Utah Jazz, as well, before potentially returning to the lineup on Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers, following a seven-day quarantine.
In two games without Schröder (as well as Anthony Davis), the Lakers have struggled heavily offensively, putting more pressure on LeBron James as the sole offensive creator. Schröder’s absence had thrust Wesley Matthews into the starting lineup and made second-year guard Taken Horton-Tucker an important part of the offensive playmaking leading to some struggles for the 20-year-old.
Schröder is expected to re-enter negotiations on a contract extension with the Lakers soon as the organization attempts to keep him in purple and gold beyond this season.