Spencer Dinwiddie RumorsAll NBA Players
Pistons coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy said Monday that Dinwiddie would be in Grand Rapids “for a while. I don’t know how long, but quite a while.”
Dinwiddie expects it to be for the season. “I landed on red eye and was headed to the practice facility and (general manager) Jeff Bowers called me and said I was going down for the rest of the season, and I said OK,” Dinwiddie said after Tuesday’s practice. As for his reaction, Dinwiddie added: “There’s nothing really more to say about it. A lot of people ask me for extended thoughts and I honestly just said, ‘OK.’ When you have a job and your employer tells you to do something, you go do it. You don’t have time to second-guess it because you like your job and want to keep it.”
The Pistons hold the option for the 22-year-old’s contract next year, and Drive coach Otis Smith said the second-year guard out of Colorado can determine his future. “If you asked him today, he’d say they’re not going to pick it up,” Smith said. “But I’m not too sure. I think it’s still up in the air. I think it depends on how much work he’s willing to put in and get better. Not only physically, but mentally.” Dinwiddie’s attitude “is great,” Smith added, “and he’s more cerebral than we give him credit for. But he sees and thinks himself into a corner sometimes and you have to help him through that process and call him out on it. You have to talk to him a lot.”
Dinwiddie won’t look beyond that. As for his future, he said: “I’m not management so I have no idea. It’s not like they gave me anything concrete and said, ‘You’re our point guard of the future.’ That’s Reggie (Jackson). So, pretty much, I’m doing my job, doing what I’m told and whatever the future holds is out of my control other than playing hard and helping the Grand Rapids Drive win games.”
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