The Brooklyn Nets may be looking to move guard Spencer Dinwiddie via a sign-and-trade once free agency opens, and that could come with a major payday for the unrestricted free agent.
Brian Lewis of the New York Post reported Sunday that Dinwiddie could get a deal worth $15 million to $20 million per season in free agency.
Dinwiddie, who declined a $12.3 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent, last week addressed a report that he was seeking $25 million per season.
The 28-year-old played just three games in 2020-21 before suffering a torn right ACL. The previous season, he averaged career bests of 20.6 points and 6.8 assists in 64 games.
As the league readies for free agency to open this week, B/R's Jake Fischer reported the Washington Wizards are likely to attempt to sign-and-trade for Dinwiddie and that the recently acquired Kyle Kuzma or Montrezl Harrell could head to Brooklyn.
D.C. nabbed those two from the Los Angeles Lakers in a deal for point guard Russell Westbrook ahead of last week's NBA draft.
Dinwiddie is one of the more proven guards available in free agency, and last season's injury shouldn't change his market. Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry remain the top two guards, though Paul may wind up back with the Phoenix Suns after he reportedly declined a player option Sunday.
DeMar DeRozan, Mike Conley, Dennis Schroder and Victor Oladipo—who is also coming off an injury-shortened season—are also free agents.
With Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden, the Nets have a greater need for supporting role players than more expensive options such as Dinwiddie.
"If there's something to be done where he's returning, terrific. If there's not and he's moving on, look, we wish Spencer all the best," Nets general manager Sean Marks said, per Lewis. "He's likely in line for generational money, and he deserves it."