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Report: Dennis Schroder to remain with Rockets, not hit buyout market

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 17: Dennis Schroder #17 of the Houston Rockets brings the ball up court during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Crypto.com Arena on February 17, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

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When Goran Dragic signed with the Nets, some of the teams hoping to find point guard depth for the rest of the season — the Bucks, Bulls, Heat, among others — turned their eyes toward Dennis Schroder. The journeyman point guard was traded from Boston to Houston at the deadline, and the expectation around the league was he likely would be bought out.

Nope. He’s staying in Houston, according to Marc Stein.

Houston is developing Kevin Porter Jr. to be the point guard of the future (ideally), but there are plenty of minutes available behind him since the Rockets are paying John Wall to sit out.

Schroder is on a $5.9 million, one-year tax-payer mid-level exception contract, which he had to take after misreading the market. He’s playing to get a larger next contract, and the minutes and freedom he can get to put up numbers in Houston may well appeal to him far more than a smaller role on a contender. For the season, Schroder is averaging 14.2 points and 4.4 assists a game, and is hooting 34.3% from 3.