NBA rumors: Spencer Dinwiddie eyeing return if Nets reach NBA Finals

After more than six months on the sidelines due to an ACL injury, Dinwiddie is eyeing a return to play if the Nets make it to the Finals, the Daily News has learned. A source close to the Nets’ combo guard also says after spending most of the regular season rehabbing in Los Angeles, Dinwiddie is planning to return to the team “sooner than later.” “He’s going to be in Brooklyn to support his team,” the source said. “He definitely is.”

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But Nash said Dinwiddie is still in California rehabbing, and the two haven’t had any talks about him playing this postseason. “He’s not with the team. I believe he’s rehabbing in LA and is doing very well,” Nash said. “[But] I’ve had no conversations about him returning to the team or even returning to play at this point.”
Alex Schiffer: Steve Nash hasn't spoken with Spencer Dinwiddie lately but reiterates he's ahead of schedule and the injury reports are promising. Doesn't have an update on if/when Dinwiddie will rejoin the team.

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Spencer Dinwiddie has been making strides in his rehab from a partially torn ACL suffered Dec. 28. But Nash won’t talk about the possibility of Dinwiddie returning this season for fear of putting any undue pressure on the Nets guard. “I haven’t messaged with him for a few weeks now. I think he’s in L.A. I’m very hesitant to comment on that because my No. 1 goal is Spencer’s career, his long-term health,” Nash said. “I don’t want to dampen any dreams or goals that he has.
“At the same time, my No. 1 goal for Spencer is more important than our team, and it’s for him to get to 100 percent with his health and have a long and successful career after this injury. That’s my No. 1 goal; that’s all I’m thinking about. Whenever he’s ready to come back to basketball, I’ll be happy; but hopefully it’s in a really safe and well thought out timeline.”

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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: Please excuse the bed head.

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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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