Spencer Dinwiddie says he will return to the Nets if they offer him a five-year $125M deal.
Dinwiddie is a restricted free agent after turning down his $12M player option for the upcoming NBA season.
The Nets are the early betting favorites to win the 2022 NBA championship at the Westgate sports book.
Free agent guard Spencer Dinwiddie says he would likely return to the Brooklyn Nets if the team offered him a contract in the ballpark of $125M over five years.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Howard Beck, the 28-year old Dinwiddie spoke to Beck about different issues including his plans in free agency. According to Dinwiddie, the ball in in Brooklyn’s court right now if they want to re-sign him:
“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. 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 before anybody tries to kill me, nobody is saying that.
“But the Nets have the ability to do something other people can’t. 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,’ like 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.”
Here is Dinwiddie’s full interview:
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Nets’ Three Options With Dinwiddie
Evaluating the Nets’ three options with free-agent point guard Spencer Dinwiddie https://t.co/MWgHb9Xobr
— The Athletic New York (@TheAthleticNYC) July 8, 2021
The Nets have three options with Dinwiddie:
Re-sign him with his full Bird rights.
Sign and trade him to another team
Let him walk away with nothing in return.
Re-signing Dinwiddie would help Kyrie Irving and James Harden get valuable rest minutes and would give them an insurance policy in case one or both of them get hurt especially during the playoffs. However, the Nets may not be willing to bring him back at the price he is asking.
A sign-and-trade deal would probably the best move for the Nets. However, given that Dinwiddie is coming off an ACL injury and he’s suffered a torn ACL in both knees during the last seven seasons, it remains to be seen if a team is willing to give up a valuable asset for him right now.
Dinwiddie is a pricey insurance policy and the Nets don’t have to pay the premium because back up points guards are replaceable. However, that does not mean that Dinwiddie isn’t worth the price that he’s asking. But it’s difficult, even for a rich owner like Joe Tsai, to pay that much for a back-up point guard, especially for the Nets who already owe $120M to their three superstar players.
Nets Favored Again Next Season
The Westgate expects the Nets and Lakers to return to health next season and regain their top form. #RJSportshttps://t.co/aluZJXmrgq
— Las Vegas Review-Journal (@reviewjournal) July 6, 2021
The Nets were the odds on favorite to win the championship at the best NBA betting sites. They had been such since acquiring James Harden last January. But after an easy opening round against the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn fell in seven games to the eventual Eastern Conference champions Milwaukee Bucks.
Injuries played a big part of Brooklyn’s downfall. In the first game of the playoffs, they lost James Harden to injury. Then in the Bucks’ series, Irving joined him on the sidelines. Harden returned to play the final games against Milwaukee but they eventually lost in Game 7.
With both Harden and Irving expected to make a full recovery in time for next season, the Westgate sportsbook has installed the Nets as the early betting favorites to win in 2022. The 2020 champions L.A. Lakers, who were also hurt by injuries during the playoffs, are second in the first NBA championship odds board for 2022 to go live.