The Brooklyn Nets’ season ended on Saturday night, and they may already be one player short just hours into the offseason.
According to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Spencer Dinwiddie is expected to decline his $12.3 million player option for 2021-22 prior to Monday’s deadline and become an unrestricted free agent.
Dinwiddie, 28, had a clause in his deal that gave him two days from the end of the Nets’ season to make his decision for 2021-22. He played just three games this season before going down with a torn right ACL, and was hoping to return for the NBA Finals if the Nets were able to make it that far.
Alas, instead, Dinwiddie will be deciding whether he wants to return to the team where he blossomed, but a team he was unable to finish consecutive seasons with. The seventh-year man averaged 20.6 points and 6.8 assists in the first part of the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season, but was diagnosed with COVID-19 prior to the restart and did not participate in the bubble.
This season, he missed all but those three games due to the ACL tear, the second he has suffered in his career – he also tore his left ACL while at the University of Colorado – and was unable to be part of the run to the conference semifinal.
Originally a second-round pick of Detroit in 2014, Dinwiddie blossomed surged after signing with Brooklyn in 2016, averaging 14.3 points and 5.3 assists per game in 274 games over parts of five seasons in the black and white.
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