To the surprise of, well, almost no one, the Brooklyn Nets do not appear to be close to re-signing sixth man Spencer Dinwiddie to an extension … yet.
So it wasn’t a real shocker to learn that Dinwiddie, per Greg Logan of Newsday, has no news to report on the extension front.
Saturday was a big day for Dinwiddie in several other ways.
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Besides it being the birthday of both his grandmother and younger brother, as well as the anniversary of his signing with the Nets in 2016, Dinwiddie’s self-endorsed signature sneakers went public, per Victor Deng of Sole Collector.
Oh, and he had 25 points to lead Brooklyn to its second straight win, a 112-104 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
On the extension front, Dinwiddie told Newsday prior to the game with the Knicks:
"“I haven’t talked to my agent and (general manager Sean Marks). Nothing has happened. Right now, I’m looking forward to free agency.”"
Without an extension by June 30 (note: deadline!), Dinwiddie becomes an unrestricted free agent, which is a risk for Brooklyn if they want to retain the face of their player development success (along with Joe Harris, who re-signed with the Nets in July without considering any other offers).
Coach Kenny Atkinson uses Dinwiddie as his first man off the bench this season — save for the three games he started while Harris nursed a hip injury — but also closes games with him because of his ability to penetrate and get to the rim.
There are at least two teams out there — the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic — that are point-guard deficient and could make serious runs at Dinwiddie next summer. While an extension for Dinwiddie is capped at four year and $47.5 million, there are no such restrictions as a free agent.
Brooklyn does have an advantage on that front. The Nets will have full Bird rights on Dinwiddie, meaning they can offer an extra year to any free agent contract offer.
As for the shoes, Dinwiddie has been featuring a different pair of custom colorways every game this season and there are two versions of the brand — called K8IROS — available for pre-order.
The shoes are available for order on the Project D.R.E.A.M. website.
The extension situation is certainly one to monitor, but with the deadline still more than seven months out, there’s plenty of time for the Nets and Dinwiddie to come together on either an extension or a verbal agreement — a la Harris — to return as an unrestricted free agent.