The latest rumors suggest that PG Spencer Dinwiddie will feature in any blockbuster trade the Nets are involved in this offseason.
We couldn’t help but scoff at Kendrick Perkins’ assertion that the Brooklyn Nets were a realistic trade destination for disgruntled Houston Rockets star James Harden last week.
Though reports conveyed his and Russell Westbrook’s concern about the direction of the franchise, a subsequent rumor indicated that Harden was committed to the Rockets, seemingly putting to bed any speculation that he would demand a trade.
Of course, things change! NBA insider Adrian Wojnarkowski dropped a bomb on Monday by reporting that the idea of playing alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn is “resonating” with Harden, indicating that he might fancy a trade away from Houston after all.
The bottom line here is that the Nets are going to be a preferred landing spot for any discontented superstar, which begs the question of who would be most likely to be involved in a potential blockbuster? Well, according to the latest buzz, it feels like Spencer Dinwiddie is almost guaranteed to bite the bullet.
That doesn’t sound like somebody who wants to spend another season in Brooklyn, and you know what? We don’t blame him. Dinwiddie proved over the last two years that he can be a secondary scorer/playmaker on a winning team, and he probably isn’t too thrilled with the concept of playing third or fourth fiddle to Durant, Irving and Caris LeVert.
It remains to be seen if Brooklyn would be willing to part ways with LeVert in any deal, but our guess is that the franchise will do anything and everything possible to ensure that he’s a part of the rotation in 2020-21 after his sensational showing in the bubble. That, in turn, would make Dinwiddie arguably their most appealing trade chip.
The Nets have been linked with a plethora of stars over the last several months, including Harden, Bradley Beal, Zach LaVine and Jrue Holiday. While nothing significant has developed on those fronts (as we know of), it goes without saying that ever-aggressive GM Sean Marks will be extremely busy over the next few weeks now that the official terms of the offseason have been agreed upon.
We hate to get sentimental on a Monday morning, but fans in Brooklyn might want to prepare for what the Nets future would look like without Dinwiddie. Given how many rumors are materializing, it seems inevitable that they will make a big splash.