As perhaps the player who best exemplifies Brooklyn’s rags to riches journey over these last few years, NBA G-League alum Spencer Dinwiddie comes as the hardest Net to imagine on another roster. However, if Brooklyn enters this summer thinking their heads rather than their hearts Dinwiddie might need to pack his bags.
Dinwiddie already draws attention from other teams during trade deadlines and offseasons as perhaps the game’s most skilled bench player who quite frankly deserves a starting spot. But with Irving already locked up as Brooklyn’s point guard for years to come, a Dinwiddie trade indeed makes sense for both the Nets and Dinwiddie himself.
Due to Irving’s presence, Dinwiddie lacks the minutes and opportunities that his talent undoubtedly warrants. Upon trading him, the Nets could get back either more talent at their other positions lacking star talent like Irving, or attain some extra draft picks. This opportunity might help the Nets subtract from their abundance of talent at the point guard position and add talent to their more needy spots at small forward, consequently allowing the team to wield a more balanced attack.
Thanks to Dinwiddie’s skills as well as his team-friendly contract, the Nets should seek nothing less than an above average starting forward or perhaps an unprotected first and second rounder.
Make no mistake though, Dinwiddie comes as the least likely candidate to find himself on another team next year thanks his locker room presence’s vitality to the team’s culture alongside his skills.