Joining Sports Illustrated’s Howard Beck this week, Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie took the opportunity to discuss his impending unrestricted free agency in-depth.
The 28-year-old Dinwiddie, who will be in his eighth NBA season during the 2021-22 campaign, revealed the ball is in the organization’s court as to what a substantial offer might look like. As for specifics, the consistently candid California native didn’t shy away from what he believes would be an adequate pay day.
“The Nets have the ability to do something that other people can’t,” Dinwiddie said on the “The Crossover Pod”. “If they come to the table like that, and they’re being aggressive and are saying, ‘Hey we got five, 125 for you,’ I would say there’s a high likelihood that I go back to the Nets, you know what I mean? 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 2019-20 season proved to be a career year for Dinwiddie, who averaged 20.6 points and 6.8 assists before sitting out of the Orlando bubble due to consecutive positive COVID-19 tests. He began the 2020-21 season starting alongside Irving, but was relegated to the sixth man role after the team acquired 2018 NBA MVP James Harden.
His campaign was cut short as three games later, as he tore his right ACL in a contact injury against the Charlotte Hornets in late December.
Due to the the Nets’ midseason acquisition of Harden and the presence of both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the roster, it remains to be seen if Brooklyn is willing to pay a handsome salary to Dinwiddie. Particularly with their need of to retain an impending restricted free agent in wing Bruce Brown.