The Brooklyn Nets should consider trading Spencer Dinwiddie

Brooklyn Nets Spencer Dinwiddie (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Brooklyn Nets Spencer Dinwiddie (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) /

Spencer Dinwiddie had a breakout season proving his leadership, strong play, and potential. At age 25 and entering his fifth season, it would be smart for the Brooklyn Nets to see what they can get for the guard.

The Brooklyn Nets faced recurring injuries last season putting their young talent in suits for long periods of time. The Nets backcourt was affected the most by injury.

The Nets lost Jeremy Lin for the season after tearing his patella tendon late in the season opener. D’Angelo Russell was sidelined for just under 2 months due to arthroscopic knee surgery. These two lengthy injuries gave Spencer Dinwiddie an opportunity to play.

Dinwiddie’s role on the Nets was uncertain in the beginning of the season. Brooklyn was a guard-filled team, leaving Dinwiddie on the short end of the stick getting limited minutes.

Everything changed when Russell went down with injury. Dinwiddie took the opportunity and made everything of it. From the start Dinwiddie showed strong leadership and great play coming off the bench.

During All-Star weekend, Dinwiddie participated in the 2018 Taco Bell Skills Challenge and won the competition. He was the first Net to win the competition since Jason Kidd in 2003.

Dinwiddie would play great during the second half of the season, hitting clutch shots and being named a finalist for the Most Improved Player award. It is unlikely he will win the honor due to Victor Oladipo‘s great season.

The question for the general manager Sean Marks and the Nets is whether or not to deal Dinwiddie. He averaged 12.6 points and 6.6 assists in 80 games this past season as a sixth man and a starter.

Dinwiddie just finished his fourth season in the league and at age 25, we won’t know if this elite play will continue. He is also a free agent after next season, but has said he likes where the Nets organization is heading and would like to stay put.

With everything being said, Dinwiddie should be available for trade. The Nets should not aggressively shop the four-year guard, but see what they can get for the guard. This offseason might be the best time to shop Dinwiddie.

According the Net Income of NetsDaily, Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst talked about how the Nets turned down a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers regarding Dinwiddie during the trade deadline this past season.

"“In a post-deadline podcast between Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst about the Cavaliers big moves Thursday, Lowe said Cleveland had offered their first round pick, which would be a late pick, to the Nets for Spencer Dinwiddie, but the Nets said no.”"

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So what is Dinwiddie really worth? It is hard to say since he only had one stellar season over his four-year NBA career. He is worth a first-round pick, but if dealt, the trade should be a package deal.

The Nets have an interesting decision to make regarding moving forward with guards. The Nets should focus on Joe Harris more than Dinwiddie.

Dinwiddie may be worth more as we speak but Harris has played consistently over the past two seasons with the Nets making him a safer pick. He would also be less expensive to keep around for the future.

The 2018 NBA Draft is on June 21. The Nets might want to move up in the draft and trading Dinwiddie might be a good option in order to do so.

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It is unlikely the Nets will move up in the first round, but it might be a good decision to do so. The Nets currently hold the 29th pick in the first round.