Guard net Spencer Dinwiddie plans to turn down his $ 12.3 million player option for next season and become a free agent, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. His deadline to make an official decision is Monday.
Dinwiddie suffered a partially torn ACL earlier this season that limited him to three games. The 28-year-old has spent the last five seasons with Brooklyn and posted his best career numbers in 2019-20, averaging 20.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists per night.
Keep Dinwiddie may not be in the Nets ’plans because of his huge financial commitment to Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. Brooklyn also has five other free agents to tackle this summer, including Bruce Brown, Jeff Green and Blake Griffin, who all played important roles during the postseason.
There should be strong demand for Dinwiddie on the free agent market, and Bobby Marks on ESPN suggests that their future might depend on what keeps the free agent partner Kyle Lowry and Dennis Schroder decides to do. With the Heat, Toru and Knicks all they need help from the point of guard, at least one of those teams could make an offer to Dinwiddie.
Marks adds that Brooklyn could consider a sign-and-trade agreement involving Dinwiddie, but that it would require the team to recoup the salary, which could inflate its luxury tax payment. He notes that the Nets already have a $ 53.4 million tax bill for next season, which would double if they added another $ 12 million to their salary.
However, the team is also limited is what they can do to acquire new talent, so they may not want to let Dinwiddie part without getting something in return. He notes that tax-paying teams have received a break this season due to the Basketball-related revenue drop caused by the pandemic. A similar tax cut next season could influence the Nets ’thinking with Dinwiddie.
Another possibility that Marks raises is to find a team this summer that is willing to trade for a veteran center. DeAndre Jordan without returning any scholarship to Brooklyn. That would probably cost the Nets their first-round pick in this year’s draft. Jordan was not hired in the postseason and still has two years left and nearly $ 20M remains on his contract.