Ex-Nets guard joins forces with 20x All-Star on Western Conference title-hopeful

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At Thursday's NBA trade deadline, the Brooklyn Nets wound up falling short of making any splashy, star-studded transactions, though still managed to make a few noteworthy moves ahead of the 3 PM cutoff.

Perhaps the most buzz-worthy deal was the one that sent Spencer Dinwiddie to the Raptors in exchange for a return package headlined by veteran guard Dennis Schroder.

Undoubtedly a salary-driven decision by GM Sean Marks, as the trade shed the guard's $20 million cap hit from their books, since the move was made it has become clear that Toronto also acted in a fiscal-minded manner, as they've now waived the point guard.

Following his release into the open market of free agency, it didn't take all that long for Dinwiddie to find a new place to call home, as Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on February 10 that the 30-year-old "plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers" after he officially clears waivers.

Lakers expected to sign former Nets guard, Spencer Dinwiddie

Charania would extrapolate on his initial reporting of the expected signing by noting that the Lakers beat out several teams in pursuit of the guard's services.

"The Lakers were among several playoff teams – including Mavericks – who seriously pursued Dinwiddie with an opportunity for a significant role on the roster. Last time Dinwiddie was in West: pivotal playoff performances on a Western Conference Finals run in 2022."

Shams Charania

An established talent with a decade's worth of experience in the NBA, Dinwiddie has made a name for himself as being an offensive-minded backcourt talent who can buy a bucket from virtually anywhere on the floor and can serve as a quality backup floor general.

For his career, he sports averages of 13.6 points, 5.3 assists, and 3.1 rebounds.

With this signing, the former Nets stud brings his talents to the City of Angles as 20-time All-Star LeBron James and company look to embark on a second-half surge and hunt for their second championship in five seasons.