On Friday, ESPN’s Marc Spears reported that the Brooklyn Nets are shopping injured guard Spencer Dinwiddie, and according to SNY’s Ian Begley, Dinwiddie’s former team – the Detroit Pistons – are one of the teams interested in him.
Dinwiddie is currently out with a partially torn right ACL and is unlikely to return this season, and his contract carries a $12.3 million player option for 2021-22. That is both good and bad for Brooklyn: Dinwiddie opting in (likely due to the injury) would put the Nets in further salary cap purgatory, while opting out would mean the Nets lose him for nothing, and risk that chance if they don't move him now.
Brooklyn is in a tenuous salary cap situation after acquiring James Harden, but that trade may also still make Dinwiddie expendable. Bruce Brown, acquired from Detroit prior to this season, enters restricted free agency this summer, and the guard previously thought of as a defensive specialist has played a key role in Dinwiddie’s absence – and would likely be a more cost-effective option.
The Nets likely can’t keep both Dinwiddie and Brown, as they can go over the cap to re-sign Brown but doing so would put them over the NBA’s luxury tax threshold for sure.
Dinwiddie spent his first two NBA seasons with Detroit but blossomed upon coming to Brooklyn. Over parts of five seasons with the Nets, including three games this year, the 27-year-old has averaged 14.3 points, 5.3 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game.
He was especially effective last season in Kyrie Irving’s absence, averaging 20.6 points, 6.8 assists, and 3.5 boards in 64 games, but he had to sit out of the Nets’ run inside the NBA bubble after twice testing positive for coronavirus.
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