NBA rumors: Spencer Dinwiddie: Let the Wizards go to the offseason, let us go to the playoffs

Hoop District: Spencer Dinwiddie on his time with Wizards “I said what I said about the organization. I know that they’ve since made comments about their own locker room that kind of validated what I’ve said about the situation. … Let them go to the offseason and let us go to the playoffs.”

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Asked why he seems to fit so much better in Dallas than Washington, Dinwiddie said, "Not to beat a dead horse, I just think our commitment to the collective and to winning games is all that matters." The Mavs are 6-1 when Dinwiddie plays, including Saturday's win, when he filled Luka Doncic's spot in the starting lineup while the superstar rested with a minor toe injury. Dinwiddie said he feels the freedom to be aggressive while understanding exactly what the Mavs need from him, specifically his ability to penetrate.
Dinwiddie arrived in Dallas at the trade deadline along with forward Davis Bertans in a deal for Kristaps Porzingis. Dinwiddie signed a three-year, $54 million contract with the Wizards during the offseason, but there were reports that he wasn't well-liked inside the Washington locker room. "I think that's what hurt the most," Dinwiddie said after a 36-point, seven-assist performance in the Mavericks' 114-113 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. "I've never bashed Washington. I've never said an ill thing about the team. In fact, I thank the owner or chairman Ted [Leonsis], I thank Tommy Sheppard the GM and I thank [Bradley Beal] for those three kind of collectively deciding to give me my contract. They didn't have to pay somebody coming off an ACL. "I'm appreciative of that, appreciative of my time there. ... So to be bashed out on the way out the door hurt my feelings for sure. I think I'm human, of course."
Dinwiddie also noted that his Wizards tenure began well before issues arose. He averaged 17.0 points and 6.0 assists during Washington's 10-3 start, hitting several clutch shots during that stretch despite being early in his return from knee surgery. "I was fighting through for those guys," said Dinwiddie, who averaged only 8.4 points on 27% shooting as the Wizards lost eight of his last nine games in a Washington uniform. "When the role changed and they wanted me to pass more -- they felt like I was scoring a lot -- I did that. I took my foot off the gas scoring-wise because that's what they felt -- the team needed to get [Kyle Kuzma] and [Kentavious Caldwell-Pope] and those guys shots. I said, 'Look, I already got paid. This is about y'all trying to get the shots that y'all need, whatever.'
Before the Dallas Mavericks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Washington Wizards for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans at the deadline, they attempted to send him to the Toronto Raptors in a deal for Goran Dragic and Gary Trent Jr. While the Mavericks hoped Porzingis would be a second star to pair with Luka Doncic, it never played out that way on the floor.
"They tried to trade him to Toronto," said Tim MacMahon on The Lowe Post. "My understanding is their discussions there were Dragic and Gary Trent. Toronto understandably said 'We're not giving up Gary Trent Jr.'"
MacMahon also provided more details on why the Mavericks were motivated to move Porzingis and why they were satisfied with a return of Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans for Porzingis and a second-round pick. “The Mavericks basically got to the point of ‘Hey, financially it’s a wash, but it’s two smaller contracts that would be easier to move,'” MacMahon told Lowe, per RealGM. “And they felt like K.P. was kind of in the way and those two guys could fill roles off the bench, so they pulled the trigger as soon as they found a deal where they didn’t have to give up a first-round pick. A lot of that was that the fit with K.P. wasn’t there. It doesn’t mean Porzingis necessarily did anything wrong. The Mavericks took a huge swing and a miss on him. It didn’t work out.”
“I wish him the best, and we’ve got two new guys who are welcome on the team”, added the Slovenian All-Star. “Bertans is a great shooter. Dinwiddie can put the ball on the floor, and he can score. The NBA is a business. He [Porzingis] went through a lot with the injuries. I think this year, he was way better. Like I said, the NBA is a business, and I wish him the best in the future.”
Tim Cato: cuban’s been interested in bringing dinwiddie to the mavericks since last summer. that said, it was only very recently i got a sense kristaps might actually be available. this sure as hell is a significant shakeup to the team’s roster.
The Wizards also could trade point guard Spencer Dinwiddie. The team has been shopping him in recent days, sources said. After the deadline expires, Washington will have an incentive to lose, because losing would give the team better odds in the critical 2022 NBA Draft Lottery. The Wizards currently own the league’s 11th-worst record, which would give them a 2.0 percent chance of winning the top overall pick, a 2.2 percent likelihood of receiving the second pick, a 2.4 percent chance of garnering the third pick and 2.8 percent odds of picking fourth.
Dinwiddie has played better without Beal on the floor. He will now get two-plus months of Beal-free ball to show whether he should be part of the future in Washington. There hasn’t been significant interest in Dinwiddie on the trade market, at any rate. And dealing Kuzma, 26 and under a reasonable contract through 2023, would be crazy.
Yet sources also believe Washington would encounter difficulties trading Dinwiddie, who is one year removed from knee surgery and is owed $18 million in guaranteed salary in 2022-23. His $18.9 million salary for 2023-24 is partially guaranteed for $10 million. “I think it would be tough (to trade him) because he makes a lot of money, and he hasn’t played very well, and, honestly, they’re not playing very well, and people can smell that a mile away,” one source said.
Elsewhere in Washington, the Wizards have made Spencer Dinwiddie available for trade. It is difficult to imagine a wide market just a few months after the combo guard signed a three-year, $54 million contract. Team personnel across the league have noted Dinwiddie's decline in production as he's returned from a torn ACL that cost him all but three games in the 2020-21 season. "He needs the ball, he's not good enough to have the ball, and he's not a good shooter," one Western Conference executive told B/R. Even with a career-high 37.6 percent mark in 2016-17, Dinwiddie has converted just 31.8 percent of his long-range attempts in eight seasons. 
So, what kind of point guard can the Clippers reasonably obtain? Over the past few weeks, numerous reports have cited names like Jalen Brunson, Dennis Schröder, Kemba Walker, Goran Dragic, Spencer Dinwiddie, and John Wall as targets. Brunson embodies what the Clippers really need. He’s selfless and tough. He makes quick decisions as a playmaker, limits mistakes, and he can score with confidence all over the court. The truth is the Mavericks should be trying to keep him. And he might realistically be out of the Clippers’ price range, unless he forces his way to Los Angeles in a sign-and-trade during the summer as an unrestricted free agent. Other options are less inspiring. Kemba is well past his prime. The Wizards want to move Dinwiddie because he looks like a shell of his former self and his teammates don’t want him there. Schröder is fine, but he leans too far toward scoring and would be an awkward fit next to Jackson.
Some also say the Wizards are open to dealing veteran point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who hasn't quite meshed with Beal. The Pistons might have interest in players like Deni Avdija, Montrezl Harrell and Hachimura. Detroit could also be looking for a new home for Kelly Olynyk.
Fred Katz: Here is what the final version of the five-team trade looks like, according to sources: Seven players Rights to three more Draft picks Draft swaps 18 total trade pieces pic.twitter.com/6Uoy74XMcr

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Brooklyn knew, too, that Beal, a 2022 free agent, wanted Dinwiddie. So it made an ambitious initial ask, according to sources, trying to pry away a first-round pick. When that didn’t work — and it was probably bound not to, considering the next first-rounder Washington can trade is its 2028 selection — sources say the Nets asked for a player on a rookie contract who wasn’t Caleb Homesley or Anthony Gill.
Bobby Marks: Here is what the 5 teamer looks like To WASH Kuzma KCP Harrell Dinwiddie A. Holiday Rights to I. Todd (#31) To LAL Westbook To BKN 2024 2nd 2025 2nd (right to swap with GSW or WAS) $11.5M Trade Exception To IND Rights to I. Jackson (#22) To SAS C. Hutchison 2022 2nd (WAS)
Bobby Marks: Because there is no salary incoming, Brooklyn does not have to match salary. The Dinwiddie money was added to Kuzma, KCP, Harrell, Holiday to match the Westbrook contract. $49.7M to WASH $44.1M to LAL That falls within 125%
Adrian Wojnarowski: Washington is sending Chandler Hutchinson and a 2022 second-round pick to San Antonio as part of a multi-team deal in the Spencer Dinwiddie sign-and-trade, sources tell ESPN. Brooklyn gets a 2024 second and a 2025 pick swap from Wizards.
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Hearing the most likely outcome is that the Spencer Dinwiddie sign-and-trade becomes part of the Russell Westbrook trade. That would make it, at minimum, a four-team deal (Nets, Lakers, Wizards, Pacers) that includes a sign-and-trade, base-year compensation and the luxury-tax apron, and there may very well be a fifth team involved to drop off unwanted salary. Fasten your seat belts, cap guys; it's about to get crazy out there.
Over the last few days, one of the hottest free-agency rumors around the NBA involved Spencer Dinwiddie joining the Washington Wizards via a sign-and-trade. There were numerous reports that mentioned Dinwiddie’s interest in joining the Wizards. However, on “The Alex Kennedy Podcast,” Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report discussed why Dinwiddie to the Wizards is far from a guarantee at this point. “There’s starting to be some speculation about how legitimate that buzz has been," Fischer mentioned early in the episode.
explained why the Brooklyn Nets could throw a wrench in their plan. “It came really strong over the weekend; I know Shams Charania and Fred Katz also reported it at The Athletic, so it clearly got around the league and is something that’s been rumored and talked about,” Fischer said. “But I’m not so sure if it’s entirely happening right now. It doesn’t sound like there’s much interest from Brooklyn in this current state to take back Kyle Kuzma or Montrezl Harrell in a sign-and-trade, and that’s a necessary piece that would have to happen in order for Washington to get Spencer Dinwiddie at a number that is more than the mid-level… I just don’t think the book is shut and the chapter is closed on Spencer Dinwiddie to Washington. But I do still think there’s absolutely mutual interest.”
Nets Daily: One question Bobby Marks asks: “would Brooklyn consider Kuzma and the No. 22 pick in this month's draft to help facilitate a Dinwiddie sign-and-trade? The $13 million Kuzma contract would add to the Nets' substantial luxury tax bill.” But also notes an S&T would hard-cap Lakers.
Home for Dinwiddie is Los Angeles, where he spent the entire season rehabbing from his ACL tear at Phenom Sports Performance. If Dinwiddie were to join the Lakers or Clippers, it would have to be in a sign-and-trade. Even if Kawhi Leonard were to decline the player option on his contract and leave the Clippers in free agency, the team still would not have the cap space to sign Dinwiddie to a competitive contract.
Some executives around the league believe Spencer Dinwiddie will not be back with the Brooklyn Nets next year. Specifically, one executive I mentioned in the recent story said, “Dinwiddie seems like he’s leaving. He’ll have a high salary number. I don’t see him staying regardless. I don’t get the sense he wants to be there.”
I think pretty much the expectation around the league, and Sean Marks publicly talked about it during his press conference that they’re either going to try and re-sign him or do what they can to help him whether that’s getting a trade exception or getting back an asset for him. It’s pretty clear the writing on the wall appears to be that a sign-and-trade is the most likely outcome for Dinwiddie right now.
The volume on complaints surely would have been higher had the Nets been successful in their attempts to trade the injured Spencer Dinwiddie for a wing player. Among the options they explored, I’m told, was sending Dinwiddie to Golden State for Kelly Oubre. Golden State rejected those overtures because it is still desperate to make the playoffs. While numerous Oubre trade scenarios came up, Golden State was not going to trade him for someone who couldn’t help the team in the short term.
Michael Scotto: No Spencer Dinwiddie trade, a league source told @hoopshype . He will remain with the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets are working the phones to trade Dinwiddie, who is poised to become a free agent by declining his $12.3 million player option for next season because he is expected to have numerous suitors in spite of his knee injury. Trading Dinwiddie now is the surest way for the Nets to fortify their roster yet again before the playoffs and protect themselves from losing him for nothing in the off-season.
The Brooklyn Nets are searching for more bench help. Sources tell Yahoo Sports they’ve dangled the rehabbing Spencer Dinwiddie and a second-round pick. Miami is an intriguing option, according to sources — Mo Harkless, Avery Bradley and Kendrick Nunn have been discussed. Dinwiddie also has a player option headed into the offseason, so Brooklyn could hold onto him and go the sign-and-trade route.
In discussing Dinwiddie on Perez’s Radio Roulette show, Woj essentially seemed to tone down expectations of a big return for the 6’6” point guard. Dinwiddie, of course, is out for the year with a partially torn ACL and has been rehabbing in southern California on his own. “A team that might want Spencer Dinwiddie’s Bird Rights might want to sign him. Nets can get that money off. They can get back maybe a second round pick,” said Woj. “I know there are some teams that like Dinwiddie and would like to give Brooklyn a guy who has money coming back next year and that doesn’t really interest the Nets, like take on some money for next year.” Rather, he said, the Nets want “a player they might like down the stretch this year but it’s not really worth the tradeoff and so that’ll be an interesting one to watch too.”
As for teams that would want Dinwiddie, Woj said it would likely be “a team that doesn’t have cap space or just wants to get him in and had a leg up on re-signing him.” Windhorst said from what he hears, Dinwddie is “definitely out there” and admitted the buzz about the 28-year-old surprises him.
Another guard set to enter free agency this summer, Dinwiddie has attracted interest from several teams before the deadline, sources said. Detroit, Houston, Indiana and Chicago have looked into acquiring Dinwiddie as a means to obtain his Bird rights, should the guard waive his 2021-22 player option as expected.
Several teams remain engaged in talks regarding Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie. Sources said the Pistons, Heat and Raptors have shown interest in Dinwiddie with the ability to use his Bird rights and offer him a deal for up to five years in free agency. Dinwiddie is expected to opt out of his $12.3 million player option for next season.
Dinwiddie can be obtained for a role player off the bench who can contribute this season as Brooklyn chases a title and a future second-round pick, league sources told HoopsHype. According to executives around the league who spoke with HoopsHype, the belief is a team that is over the cap would make the most sense totrade for Dinwiddie because the team would be able to monitor his rehab progress from a partially torn ACL and acquire his Bird Rights, which would allow him to be signed while going over the salary cap.
The Miami Heat are among the teams that have had interest in acquiring Spencer Dinwiddie from the Nets, per SNY sources. As previously reported, the Pistons are also among teams who are interested in dealing for him ahead of the trade deadline.
The guard has a $12.3 million player option for 2021-22. If Dinwiddie -- the Nets most valuable trade chip right now -- is moved before the deadline, any teams that trades for him would likely do so with plans to sign hm to a new contract if he opted out of his current deal.
“The Nets are shopping Spencer Dinwiddie,” Spears said on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Thursday. “Despite his injury, he could be a valuable piece for a team in the future.”
“I’m told that he’s not necessarily interested in a contract buyout before the trade deadline which is March 25, but he could be in play potentially with a buyout after that date is the Cavs don’t find a trade for him in the interim. But one interesting trade piece for the Nets is Spencer Dinwiddie who was lost for the season with that ACL injury.”
Hollinger: I don’t really see what the Nets are offering to bring New Orleans to the table. It has to involve Dinwiddie’s expiring contract, but that has near-zero value for the Pelicans — he’s out for the season and leaving in free agency once it ends. The Nets gave up all their good draft assets in the James Harden trade, so what are they baiting the hooks with? Landry Shamet, who is basically Redick but a decade younger? Nic Claxton? It’s just hard for me to see how Brooklyn gets this to the finish line.
Recently, Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie suffered a partially torn ACL which now rules him out for the remainder of the season. Nonetheless, there weren’t any advancements made in trade talks as Dinwiddie was previously seen as a trade piece that could be dealt away if a Harden deal was to be done in the future. Via ESPN’s Zach Lowe on his podcast: “Spencer Dinwiddie’s health did not make or break the Nets’ ability to get James Harden,” he said. “It’s unclear to me, frankly, if those teams have had anything resembling a serious conversation about James Harden. Let’s make that clear. I don’t sense that there’s been hardly any traction there at all. And maybe the way the Nets started had them thinking ‘Why are we messing with this?’”
Milwaukee also pursued players such as Indiana Pacers two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo and Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie during the offseason, sources said. Around Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have built a supporting cast of Holiday, All-Star Khris Middleton and All-NBA defensive center Brook Lopez. Either way, given their history battling for MVPs, Harden and Antetokounmpo would be a dreamy duo.
Bobby Marks: I think Spencer Dinwiddie in Brooklyn. Certainly, keep an eye on him. Can this Brooklyn team afford keeping Dinwiddie on a high number when you’ve already got Kyrie Irving making $33 or $34 million? They brought back Joe Harris. Your luxury tax bill for 2021-22 would go through the roof like it is right now.
Spencer Dinwiddie denied any notion he ever requested a trade from the Nets. He called that rumor “really dumb.” Dinwiddie, who was caught off-guard by the question during a Zoom conference call with reporters on Friday explained he felt he could have commanded more money as a free agent, but opted to sign at a lower number — three years, $34 million — to stay in Brooklyn. “I don’t know anybody that takes less than market value to stay on a team that wants to be traded, you know,” he said. “That’d be bad for business. That would kinda be really dumb.”
Those conversations might take a different tone with Dinwiddie than your average player. He’s representing himself after parting ways with his agent, although he downplayed that oddity during the season and said he’s not in contact with any other interested teams. “That’s like tampering or something, isn’t it?” Dinwiddie said. “People don’t have my number like that. My number isn’t just floating around out there. “My decisions are my own. I’m looking forward to anything that comes next. Remember, this year – the next 6, 8 months, however long this season lasts – there’s not really much to do on that front. It’s going to be much more interesting in the summer. That’s more a time for that conversation; right now it’s all about maximizing the 72 games and trying to win a championship with this group we’ve got.”
Dinwiddie, who is currently representing himself, has been canvassing the league with an eye on solidifying his future – which very well could be elsewhere. He's going into the final year of his deal, and will make $11.5 million in 2020-21. He also has a $12.3 million player option for 2021-22.

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Spencer Dinwiddie: I had the most fun years of my career playing for the Nets. Outside of course when my dad used to coach me before middle school Rolling on the floor laughing

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As for this offseason, GM Sean Marks has said publicly that re-signing Joe Harris is a top priority. It doesn't seem like Marks' statement was empty rhetoric. Multiple teams believe that bringing Harris back is No. 1 on Brooklyn's to-do list this offseason. If Brooklyn re-signs Harris to a sizable contract in the offseason, that would be another financial hurdle to re-signing Dinwiddie as a free agent in 2021.
Multiple western conference contenders have expressed interest internally in trading for Nets SG Spencer Dinwiddie, sources tell SNY. The Nets' desire to move Dinwiddie is currently unknown. Dinwiddie has a player option on his contract for the 2021-22 season worth $12.3 million. Given their other financial commitments, it may be a challenge for Brooklyn to re-sign Dinwiddie as a free agent.
NetsDaily: ESPN's Brian Windhorst: 'Nets want to upgrade roster ... but there’s a possibility @SDinwiddie_25 might be available depending on the deal, that’s what I’ve heard. Or at least there’s an expectation it could be. I don’t know if he’s available right now ... but that’s possible.' Spencer Dinwiddie: I had the most fun years of my career playing for the Nets. Outside of course when my dad used to coach me before middle school.
Brian Windhorst: The Nets want to upgrade the roster. (...) But there's a possibility that Spencer Dinwiddie might be available depending on the deal, that's what I've heard. Or at least there's an expectation it could be. I don't know if he's available right now, but there's an expectation that that's possible.

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Irving implied as much himself, when he bluntly stated the franchise will have to add more in the summer if it hopes to contend. The Nets have more trade assets than most teams, including Dinwiddie and Jarrett Allen, but LeVert might be the most prized chip of them all. “He’s got three years guaranteed at $17 million; that’s a high-value contract for him, locking into that contract when you’ve had that many injuries at Michigan,” said ESPN cap guru Bobby Marks, who is a former Nets assistant GM. “Yeah, that’s a good number as far as if you’re looking at a team. That’s not a dead-weight contract.” Now Nets GM Sean Marks must decide if it’s too high-value to trade, if the young wing’s torrid form before the season got shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic is sustainable.
After inking a three-year extension on Dec. 14, 2018 — one that lets him opt out after next season and hit free agency at 28 — Dinwiddie will be in demand on the trade market again this offseason. And he clearly has found his footing and learned how to use his platform.
If Marks goes the trade route, ESPN NBA analyst Bobby Marks, who once served as assistant GM of the Nets, believes the biggest trade chips are Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert, who split time with Irving in the backcourt for the few games all were healthy. “I think Dinwiddie provides the ultimate insurance policy for Kyrie,” Bobby Marks said in a recent interview with Newsday. “Do you trust Kyrie to stay healthy? I don’t know the answer to that question. On the other hand, Dinwiddie will be technically on an expiring contract (with a player option at the end of 2020-21). He’ll likely opt out. He can be extended starting in December, and are you comfortable having your two point guards making north of $50 million per year?
If Marks goes the trade route, ESPN NBA analyst Bobby Marks, who once served as assistant GM of the Nets, believes the biggest trade chips are Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert, who split time with Irving in the backcourt for the few games all were healthy. “I think Dinwiddie provides the ultimate insurance policy for Kyrie,” Bobby Marks said in a recent interview with Newsday. “Do you trust Kyrie to stay healthy? I don’t know the answer to that question. On the other hand, Dinwiddie will be technically on an expiring contract (with a player option at the end of 2020-21). He’ll likely opt out. He can be extended starting in December, and are you comfortable having your two point guards making north of $50 million per year?
Could a package including Dinwiddie have landed a player like Aaron Gordon from Orlando? Is Gordon the kind of player that can help push Brooklyn into the East's upper echelon? Some execs believe a player like Gordon can help Brooklyn but wouldn't push them into the echelon of NBA title contender.
Several people mentioned the Nets could be active in trades. Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen are all names that rival executives believe to be available in some form. They could be attractive pieces for the Nets to package together to land a third star that sends them to the top of the conference. Some also wonder whether Brooklyn will spend big to keep unrestricted free agent Joe Harris this summer.
League sources told The Post the Nets aren’t going to make any major changes by the trade deadline. And everything that’s gone on backs that up, with the Nets getting hits on core pieces Jarrett Allen and Spencer Dinwiddie, and turning them down. By the time the deadline passes at 3 p.m. Thursday, any changes the Nets make will likely be around the edges of the roster, or not at all.
“For me, man, the business is the business,” Dinwiddie said. “For all the stuff we talk about player empowerment, we get mad at players for making decision that [they] feel is best for them or best for their families or whatever. That literally is the business. “These teams are going to do what they do. I very well may not be here tomorrow and that’s part of it. And will appreciate every second that I was in Brooklyn and I’ll understand that they’re going to do what they feel is best for the team moving forward trying to win a championship. You can’t take it a certain way, you’ve got to roll with it.”
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