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Spencer Dinwiddie Rumors: Nets FA to Meet with Wizards amid Knicks Interest

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVAugust 2, 2021

Brooklyn Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie plays against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Spencer Dinwiddie, who played just three games for the Brooklyn Nets in 2020-21 because of an injury, will reportedly meet with the Washington Wizards as he weighs his free-agency options, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

Charania's report comes after Jordan Schultz of ESPN said the New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks and Wizards are in a "three-way race" for Dinwiddie, with the Boston Celtics as a possible "dark-horse team."

While Dinwiddie will be bouncing back from ACL surgery, he isn't far removed from his career-best season in 2019-20.

He averaged 20.6 points, 6.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game, which were all career-best marks. He helped lead the pre-Kevin Durant and James Harden Nets to the playoffs and proved he can contribute as a primary scorer or distributor when defenders collapse on him.

That versatility at least in part helps make up for concerns about Dinwiddie's outside shooting, as he's a career 31.8 percent shooter from beyond the arc.

The Colorado product is also just 28 years old and should be in his prime for multiple seasons assuming he doesn't lose much on the court after his injury.

Washington is looking for a backcourt mate alongside Bradley Beal after it traded Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason. Dinwiddie is someone who would likely command the ball less than Westbrook did, which may free up Beal to assume even more of the primary playmaking role.

The Wizards advanced past the Eastern Conference play-in tournament last season but lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round in five games.

Adding Dinwiddie may not significantly close the gap between Washington and the top teams in the Eastern Conference, but he could help it compete for a playoff spot even after it traded Westbrook.