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Ex-Celtics starter likely to join challenger

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Many Boston Celtics alumni performed during the 2022 EuroBasket tournament. Among the alumni was former Celtic Daniel Theis, who briefly played for the team again from 2017 to 2021 and 2022. Theis played for his native country Germany alongside another former Celtic, Dennis Schroder.

In the eight games Theis played, he averaged 8.8 points per game while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from three, according to Theis also averaged 6.1 rebounds and 0.3 blocks per game during this period. Theis’ performance helped Germany to the bronze medal at the end of the tournament.

Theis’ performance was impressive enough that CelticsBlog’s Keith Smith tweeted that his game, combined with his participation in the rebuilt Indiana Pacers, could make Theis an ideal target for a contender.

Theis originally agreed to his current contract with the Houston Rockets during the 2021 offseason, where he was given a four-year deal worth up to $35,605,510 with a fourth-year team option, according to Spotrac. Theis enters the second year of his contract, earning $8,694,369 and $9,108,386 the following season.

It’s hard to understand why the Pacers would want to keep Theis as they begin a rebuild around Tyrese Haliburton and Theis will compete with Myles Turner, Jalen Smith and Goga Bitadze for minutes. However, his contract will be difficult to break if the Pacers plan to trade him.

In addition to Theis and Schroder, other Celtics alumni such as Juancho Hernangomez (Spain), Evan Fournier (France) and Shane Larkin (Turkey) took part in the 2022 EuroBasket tournament.

Schroder and Hernangomez’s brother, Willy, was among the standout EuroBasket players as they were among the five players on the EuroBasket All-Tournament team.

Both Schroder and Hernangomez played for the Celtics around the same time, although both were traded before the deadline.

Danilo Gallinari, the Celtics’ cherished free agent, was also there for Italy, but his time was cut short after sustaining a non-contact knee injury, initially reported as a meniscus tear but later confirmed as a cruciate ligament tear.

On September 16, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Schroder had signed with the Los Angeles Lakers to begin his second tenure with the team.

Before Schroder returned to the Lakers, however, Marc Stein reported on September 13 that his strong play during the EuroBasket tournament had led to “rising excitement in league circles about his job prospects” and that Schroder “will almost certainly have a new team by the month.” will have end.”

Apparently, it didn’t take long for Schröder to receive this contract, as Charania’s report arrived just three days later. In the eight games Schroder played during EuroBasket, he averaged 22.1 points while shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from three, according to Schroder’s scoring average was fifth among players.

Schroder averaged 7.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game over the same span. Schroder’s 7.1 assists also ranked fifth among participants in the tournament. It has not been confirmed if his game directly led to the Lakers bringing him back, but Schroder will play in familiar territory, having played with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook in the past.

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