While the minute details are still being worked out, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that free agent guard Spencer Dinwiddie is signing a three-year, $62 million contract with the Washington Wizards, who will send a second-round pick and draft swap to the Brooklyn Nets in a sign-and-trade agreement.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski adds that the Wizards will trade forward Chandler Hutchinson and a 2022 second-round pick to the San Antonio Spurs as the sign-and-trade expands to include the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers.
Washington’s decision to trade for Dinwiddie comes on the heels of a blockbuster trade that saw them deal All-Star guard Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers late last week.
Dinwiddie, who averaged 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game in his last fully healthy season, is a steady and efficient playmaker who may not put up the gaudy stat lines Westbrook has become known for but is more than capable of being the Wizards’ second option behind Bradley Beal.
And, in regards to Beal—who was said to be weighing his future with the franchise prior to the 2021 NBA Draft—Washington’s aggressive pursuit of one of the better point guards indicates their desire to keep the rising star in D.C.
After going clawing their way into the 2021 NBA Playoffs behind a 34-38 record and a career season from Beal, the Wizards have once again given themselves a chance to make a run to the postseason.