Brooklyn Nets should trade Dinwiddie and Toronto Pick

BROOKLYN, NY - FEBRUARY 26 : Spencer Dinwiddie
BROOKLYN, NY - FEBRUARY 26 : Spencer Dinwiddie /

With D’Angelo Russell looking like his old self, the Brooklyn Nets can plan with him in mind moving forward. Spencer Dinwiddie has been fantastic this year as well. The Nets can turn him into a key asset during the off season.

The Brooklyn Nets weren’t able to trade Dinwiddie during the trade deadline this year. Likely because the asking price was high, and there was a premium on first round picks.

Dinwiddie has proven himself valuable enough to warrant a first rounder in return. On the year he’s averaging 13.4 points, 6.9 assists, and 3.3 rebounds. Coupled with Toronto’s pick, General Manager Sean Marks could obtain a lottery or mid teen pick in return.

Two teams that could use a guard with Dinwiddie’s skills are the Clippers, who have multiple first rounds picks, and the Nuggets. The Utah Jazz could also be an option. These are all teams on the cusp of playoff contention, who could get over the hump with someone with Dinwiddie’s skill set.

The Nets guard, still only 24 years old, has shown high basketball IQ all season. His assist to turnover ratio is great, and he’s a good three point shooter as well. Keep in mind that this is his first full NBA season with extended playing time. After a full off season to improve certain aspects of his game, he could take an even bigger step forward next year.

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That is how the Nets should be selling Dinwiddie to other teams.

Such a move would benefit Brooklyn for a few reasons. Jeremy Lin opted into his player option for next season, so moving Dinwiddie would solidify Lin’s playing time. The Nets also have Caris Levert as a second unit point guard. He would be in a log jam for minutes if everyone returns to next years roster.

Sean Marks was able to hit big time with Jarrett Allen in last year’s draft. That was at the 22nd pick. With a draft pick in the teens, he would have a better chance at hitting again. The Nets have a need for a forward who can shoot, and some should be available in that range.

The Brooklyn Nets will have an interesting off season coming up, with a few players becoming free agents, and other’s going into the final year of their deals. With a plethora of guards at his disposal, Marks should try and move the one who’s value is highest right now. That is Spencer Dinwiddie.