Spencer Dinwiddie may not be part of Brooklyn’s championship race next season.
The Nets goalie declined his $ 12.3 million player option for the 2021-22 season, according to Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Winfield reports that Dinwiddie, who missed most of the 2020-21 campaign after partially tearing his right ACL in a Dec. 27 game against the Hornets, is “unlikely” to sign with the Nets again.
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A source told the Daily News that the combo guard wanted to go home or “wants the bag.”
“Home is the preferred destination,” the source told the Daily News. “But he also wants to secure his financial future.”
Dinwiddie’s home is Los Angeles, where he has spent the entire season recovering from his ACL tear at Phenom Sports Performance.
Dinwiddie is a bit of a wild card in free agency. He averaged 20.6 points, 6.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in his last full season with Brooklyn, but he was not particularly effective throughout his career (41.0 % on baskets, 31.8% on 3 points). Regarding any health concerns, the 28-year-old has been cleared for all basketball activities, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Nets free agent Spencer Dinwiddie has been fully licensed for all basketball activities, his operative surgeon Dr Riley Williams has said. Dinwiddie recovered from a partial ACL tear in just over five months. He enters free agency as one of the best leaders in the market.
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 22, 2021
If Dinwiddie is determined to join the Clippers or Lakers, the Nets could send him to Los Angeles as part of a signing and trade. Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks hinted at the possibility during his late-season media availability.
“We will deal with Spencer when the time comes,” Marks said. “Obviously, Spencer has set himself up to secure his long-term future. Obviously we’d love to play a role in that, whether it’s here or whether we can help him. But we’ll focus on that at a later date .”
Beyond LA, Winfield mentioned the Mavericks as a team interested in Dinwiddie.