Adrian Wojnarowski: The Brooklyn Nets are expected to apply for a $5.7M Disabled Player Exception with the season-ending injury to Spencer Dinwiddie, sources tell ESPN. Once granted, Nets can use slot to acquire a player in final year of a deal. First, Nets would need to clear a roster spot.
Expect Brooklyn to apply for a disabled player exception for Spencer Dinwiddie’s ACL injury, but it may not get it. The exception would be valued at $5,727,024 and allowed the Nets to use it to sign a player for the rest of the season only for up to that amount or trade for a player on an expiring deal with that salary.
However, to qualify for the exception, the Nets would need to prove that Dinwiddie is likely to be out of the entire regular season and playoffs — extending to late July. Even if that ends up being the case, the Nets may have a hard time proving it right now. That’s also why it’s possible they could wait a while before applying. With the trade deadline not until March, they may have an easier time proving their case six weeks from now.
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie underwent successful anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery on his right knee this morning. The procedure was performed by Dr. Riley Williams III at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dinwiddie will begin rehabilitation next week and is expected to make a full recovery.
Spencer Dinwiddie: Let me walk y’all down memory lane for a second. January 12th 2014 against UW I suffered an injury. Massive amounts of pain and shock in A non contact full tear of my ACL. The MRI would later reveal a completely torn lateral meniscus, MCL and partial tearing to the medial meniscus along with bruising in my bones. Surgery took 4hrs, mostly to stitch my lateral meniscus back together. Post op prognosis, “will not play for a full year, may not ever return to the same level. Should definitely go back to school and get his degree”. I had to spend 7 weeks non weight bearing, essentially losing all muscle in my left leg. As many of you know I declared for the draft 3 months later, was fully cleared by the 7 month mark and participated in both training camp (Stan Van Gundy two a days) and pre season that year. I’ve spent the last 6.5 years making sure this would never happen to me again, being meticulous in diet, lifting and recovery from the beginning of my career. Those trials built the focus and fortitude to go from a second round pick to a g league cast off to the 20ppg leader of a playoff team, earning the respect of my peers along the way.
“Filling [Dinwiddie’s] spot in the rotation is … on the one hand it’s difficult because he has such a unique profile: A lot of athleticism and versatility,” Nash said. “On the other hand, we have depth. So we’ll see. I don’t have necessarily a formula for you yet. But we have depth and we have guys that we’re confident in that can fill those minutes.” LeVert had been thriving in a sixth-man role, separated from high-usage rate players like Durant and Irving. But with Dinwiddie gone, he was tasked with running the point. Prince was the power forward last season with Durant out.
While the loss of Dinwiddie is a blow to the team, it doesn’t dramatically alter the team’s championship aspirations, according to a rival Eastern Conference general manager. “The Nets are still championship contenders,” the rival Eastern Conference general managertold HoopsHype. “Injuries are part of every team’s season. If your All-Star goes down, then it doesn’t matter how deep you are if you want to contend for a title.”
Brian Lewis: Dinwiddie’s ACL tear is partial, not full. But when I asked Manhattan Orthopedic Care founder Dr. Armin Tehrany if that meant the #Nets guard could return in 2020-21, he said its unlikely. He said while a repair is possible, a season-ending reconstruction is far more likely. #NBA
Kristian Winfield: Spencer Dinwiddie will undergo surgery to repair his torn ACL next week, the Nets say. pic.twitter.com/nfMtdDRQXW
Bobby Marks: I would expect the Nets to apply for a Disabled Player Exception for Spencer Dinwiddie. The exception would be worth $5.7M (50% of his salary) and could be used to sign, claim or trade for a player on the last year of his contract. The Nets would need to clear a roster spot.
Bobby Marks: A tough blow for Brooklyn and Spencer Dinwiddie for various reasons. Besides his value on the court, Dinwiddie who has a $12.3M player option for 2021/22 was considered one of their top trade assets.
Shams Charania: Brooklyn Nets starter Spencer Dinwiddie has suffered a partially torn ACL in his right knee, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. It was suffered on contact, and there is no other structural damage in the knee.
Shams Charania: Dinwiddie is expected to make full recovery before next season. Tough loss for Nets; Dinwiddie emerged as a starter alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. With $12.3M player option in offseason, Dinwiddie has multiple choices being among the top free agents on the market.
Brooklyn’s puzzling Sunday defeat to the Charlotte Hornets carried extra sting with the loss of starting guard Spencer Dinwiddie. The former second-round pick suffered a strained right knee in the third quarter when he fell awkwardly while driving and passing the ball. He did not return.
Dinwiddie went down awkwardly trying to plant and immediately grabbed at his knee. He did manage to walk off under his own power with 10:12 left in the third, but he was clearly favoring the injured knee and headed back to the locker room. It was a non-contact injury, which is always worrisome. “He means a lot,” Jarrett Allen said. “When Spencer is going, he can’t be stopped. His offensive game, when he’s going downhill creating shots for others. And even off the court everyone loves having Spencer around. His energy, just his personality is great for the locker room.
Rick Bonnell: Nets coach Kenny Atkinson says Spencer Dinwiddie should get back into mix quickly because his hand injury wouldn’t impair his conditioning. Dinwiddie back tonight from thumb injury.
After missing a month following right thumb surgery, Dinwiddie will return to the Nets’ lineup for Friday’s game against the Hornets at Barclays Center. “I ain’t coming back to make any excuses,” Dinwiddie replied when asked if the injury might have any lingering effects on his shot or feel. “I’m ready to play.”
The Nets still won’t say when Spencer Dinwiddie is expected back from right thumb surgery. But after he was spotted doing catch-and-shoot drills Wednesday, they admitted the guard’s return is imminent. “He’s very close to returning. Very close. I’ll leave it at that,” coach Kenny Atkinson said before the Nets’ ugly 125-116 loss to the Wizards. “Close. I know you want specifics, but he’s very close.”
Greg Logan: Well-placed NBA source tells @NewsdaySports that diagnosis of @Spencer Dinwiddie might take a few days. Likely no resolution on Friday. Obviously, Nets are holding out hope Dinwiddie might avoid surgery. To be determined.
But the fun went out of the buildup to the season’s final Nets-Knicks game Friday night at Barclays Center when the Nets announced later Thursday evening that Dinwiddie is questionable and is being evaluated for a right thumb injury. An NBA source declined to confirm reports that Dinwiddie suffered torn ligaments that might require surgery, and the Nets indicated they will issue an update after a further diagnosis is completed Friday.
Shams Charania: Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie has torn ligaments on his right thumb and is evaluating need for surgery, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium.
Michael Gallagher: Per Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie is being evaluated for a right thumb injury. More information will be provided once the diagnosis has been completed.
Brian Lewis: #Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (right thumb) is officially listed as questionable vs. the #Knicks. #Nyk
Marc Stein: In the latest entry from the players (and former players) breaking news division, @Caron Butler says Nets backcourt sensation Spencer Dinwiddie is poised to miss 4-to-6 weeks with a finger injury. Still awaiting an official confirmation from the Nets …
September 18, 2021 | 2:39 am EDT Update
The Bulls’ offseason overhaul couldn’t have come at a better time, as Zach LaVine is on the final year of his contract with an extension yet to be signed. But if it were up to LaVine himself, he’s reportedly all-in on staying in the Windy City. That’s according to ESPN Chicago radio analyst David Kaplan, who’s heard from sources that the All-Star doesn’t want to go anywhere. Via ESPN 1000 FM: “He has told people that I know: ‘Hey man, if they want me here, I’m not going anywhere. I’m building this thing. I’m the first guy in the door. I wanna be part of this.’”
Is KAT’s trade value at all impacted by missing the playoffs yet again? If a Simmons deal can’t get done, would you think about trading him now, considering the likelihood that you may need to next offseason? — @JWeAnd1 Definitely no interest in trading him now. Towns will have plenty of value for the foreseeable future, barring a big injury. This is a big season. I think there will be more clarity, positive or negative, when 2021-22 concludes. Then the Wolves can make a real decision on how best to move forward. But Towns remains a focal point right now. That’s not changing anytime soon.
Morey will be in a similar position to Thibs in that rival executives will try to back him into a corner and wait for things to get really uncomfortable with Simmons, thereby driving down the asking price. But Morey is much more experienced in front office work than was Thibodeau, a coach to his core who had not yet started his third season as the lead decision-maker. Those around the league believe that if there is any executive able to stomach the circus that is sure to descend upon Philly, to block out the noise that comes with this kind of drama, it’s Morey.
Ben Simmons trade buzz has been one of the offseason’s hottest storylines, but president of basketball operations Daryl Morey and the 76ers have yet to pull the trigger in a deal involving the 25-year-old three-time All-Star. Will the Aussie wear the 76ers’ red, white and blue to start the season? By a wide margin, our panel’s vote projects Simmons to remain in Philly — at least until the season tips off on Oct. 19. 1. Philadelphia 76ers: 45%
Despite the on-paper match, ESPN’s NBA insider Zach Lowe took to his podcast to say there’s a slim chance of that actually happening due to the Clippers’ lack of interest in Russell Westbrook when he was available: “The Clippers were never interested in Russell Westbrook. They were a rumored Russell Westbrook trade in a few places whenever that happened. They were never interested. That was never a real thing. I think they value their optionality too much.” Lowe ultimately concluded, “I just don’t see it,” because, like Westbrook, Wall is over 30 and has a massive contract — $44 million due this season and a player option the following season for over $47 million.
The Philadelphia 76ers earn the top spot for Team Turmoil, as our experts predict which teams will be surrounded by the most drama this season. While the Ben Simmons saga lingers in Philly, the Lakers could share in the dramatics, as head coach Frank Vogel will have to incorporate former MVP Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony along with five former Laker alums. 1. Philadelphia 76ers: 61 points (55.0% first-place votes)