Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie is expected to opt out of his $12.3 million player option for next season and seek a new deal this summer. While the Nets would like to remain him, they won’t be alone, as sources tell FortyEightMinutes.com that the Pelicans and Mavericks have interest in the 28-year-old.
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Dinwiddie is coming off an ACL injury that he suffered back in December of 2019; he has gone through rehab and was eligible to return during the 2020-21 season though ultimately never made it back on the court for Brooklyn.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban shared earlier this year that they are looking for a second scorer to help take the pressure off of Luka Doncic and Dinwiddle does have the ability to score, as he showcased prior to his injury (averaging 20.6 points per contest in 2019/20).
Dinwiddie has also been linked to the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, and returning to the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets have some financial advantages when it comes to remaining Dinwiddie, however. During a recent interview with Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated, Spencer Dinwiddie explained what it would take for him to return to Brooklyn.
For all the fans that think like because I opted out like I have to leave or something like that. No, this is very much in the Nets’ hands. Do you feel me? And I think my full max is five years/, $196 million, or something like that. And nobody is sitting here saying I’m going to get five years/$196 million, so nobody is saying that before anybody tries to kill me.
But the Nets have the ability to do something other people can’t. So if the Nets come to the table like that and they’re being aggressive and saying, ‘Hey, we got five years/$125 million for you,’ as I would say, there’s a high likelihood that I go back to the Nets.
But if they don’t come to the table like that, and they’re like ‘Oh, we’re going to give you a three for 60,’ well, anybody can do that.
The Brooklyn Nets’ season ended after losing Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks.