The Brooklyn Nets have been one of the worst teams in the league for a few years now, and have been looking to make a move. Russell Westbrook is the latest player to be linked to the team, but if he does end up going there, it could impact how they perform this season.
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Russell Westbrook dribbles during the first half of a game between the Washington Wizards and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City on January 03, 2021.
The NBA Draft at Barclays Center has kept the Brooklyn Nets busy over the last several days.
They selected four new players, including Cameron Thomas, a former LSU star, at No. 27. They also made a trade with the Phoenix Suns for Landry Shamet, which netted them some more assets.
Still, the most significant changes in Brooklyn’s offseason are expected to be made in the coming months.
Currently, the Nets’ most valuable asset is Spencer Dinwiddie, a skilled guard who is due for a large deal in free agency after spending the last five seasons with the team.
It remains to be seen if the Nets are prepared to make Dinwiddie a reasonable offer. But it’s obvious that they’re not the only ones willing to pay for his services. Dinwiddie, in fact, seems to be on the radar of yet another club following a recent blockbuster deal.
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Could the Wizards look to Dinwiddie to fill the void left by Russell Westbrook?
On Thursday, the Lakers shocked the basketball world by acquiring Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards. Los Angeles now has a Big Three that can compete with Brooklyn’s superstar trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis already on the roster.
But what about the United States capital?
The Wizards seem to have begun crafting their Plan B as a result of Westbrook’s departure. According to Brian Lewis of the New York Post, they are allegedly interested in Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie may potentially be transferred as part of a sign-and-trade arrangement.
And, according to BetMGM, Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell, who were part of the package sent from Los Angeles to Washington in the Westbrook trade, may be relocated once again in a deal that puts Dinwiddie in a Wizards jersey (per Lewis).
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Sean Marks adds his two cents.
After the NBA Draft on Thursday night, Nets general manager Sean Marks was questioned about Dinwiddie’s future.
“Obviously, with Spencer being a prospective free agent, we’ll have to wait for the appropriate moment to speak to him and his representatives and his folks, and we’ll figure out what’s best for both Spencer and the Nets,” Marks told Lewis. “And if there’s anything that can be done in the event that he returns, that’s fantastic. If there isn’t, and he’s going on, we wish Spencer the best of luck. He’s been nothing but a professional during his time here, and to be honest, he deserves to be a free agent.”
Dinwiddie turned down a $12 million player option in the last year of his contract, thus ending his career. He’s made it clear that if the Nets approach him with the kind of expensive deal he wants, he wants to remain in Brooklyn.
Marks, for his part, refused to say what he thinks the market for Dinwiddie will be.
“Well, I believe it goes back to Spencer’s hard work,” Marks said. “I can’t say what his target market will be. I suppose I could take a shot at it. The good news for him is that he is most likely in line for generational wealth, which he well deserves. He’s put in a lot of effort, and we’re certainly pleased for anybody who has done so, and rightfully so.”
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