Latest on Wizards’ Pursuit of Spencer Dinwiddie

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WASHINGTON DC — Reports of Spencer Dinwiddie coming to Washington via a sign-and-trade made rounds over the weekend with Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report relaying that a Dinwiddie deal could become part of the Russell Westbrook trade (which can’t be officially completed until August 6 because of Kuzma’s contract structure).

Such a deal would require the Wizards to send back salary. Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell were each initially floated as candidates to be on the move to Brooklyn, however, Fischer adds (via his podcast appearance with Basketball Insiders) that there’s not much interest from the Nets’ side to take back one of those players. There were multiple reports that Brooklyn would want an asset in addition to Kuzma or Harrell in order to accommodate the deal.

Kuzma will make $13.0 million next season, which is the first year of his three-year, $40 million pact. Harrell is making $9.7 million after exercising his player option for next season.

Washington could bring another team into the fold, though it would add complexity to the situation. The Kings had interest in bringing on both players as part of their rumored-to-be-nearly-completed, though no word on whether Sacramento remains interested in the former Lakers players nor if they’d be interested in being involved at all given the dynamics.

The Pacers were rumored to have interest in Kuzma leading up to the draft with the Lakers reportedly rejecting an offer that would have netted Los Angeles the No. 13 overall pick for the forward and the No. 22 overall pick. That selection, of course, was sent to Washington in the Westbrook deal and later, sent to Indiana in the Aaron Holiday deal.

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