Spencer Dinwiddie has been a topic of discussion throughout the NBA season, even though he was sidelined with an ACL injury for most of the season. Dinwiddie was in trade rumors before the deadline, but nothing came to fruition. Now, by declining his $12.3 million player option for 2021-22, he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent and should have plenty of suitors.
Dinwiddie had the most productive season of his career in 2019-20 when Durant was out and Irving missed a lot of time. With those two back to start this season, Dinwiddie’s role was already looking smaller. He then got hurt and James Harden came on board. If Dinwiddie were to stay in Brooklyn, his role would be somewhat limited because of the Big Three.
So, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Spencer Dinwiddie look elsewhere. Here are two good options.
It was clear the backcourt became the weak spot on the Nuggets after Jamal Murray fell to a season-ending injury. What’s unclear is when exactly Murray will be back from his own ACL tear. The injury happened in April, so with next season starting in mid-October, he could miss a chunk of 2021-22.
In comes Spencer Dinwiddie, who would immediately become the best guard in Denver until Murray comes back. His versatility to play both guard positions would give the Nuggets a huge boost, and he would become another viable scoring option. With Michael Porter Jr. potentially making another leap in production next year, Dinwiddie could be the missing piece to help Denver make a championship run and a great piece of insurance for Murray.
To acquire Dinwiddie, the Nuggets might have to work out a sign-and-trade. What makes this even more fun is the fact that the guard played his college basketball at the University of Colorado.
New York Knicks
The Knicks were rumored to be interested in Lonzo Ball before the trade deadline, and they’re still rumored to make a push for him in the offseason. Point guard is a legitimate need for this roster, so why not go acquire Spencer Dinwiddie as well?
Adding Ball would give the Knicks a playmaking point guard, but he lacks the ability to be a consistent scorer. Dinwiddie, on the other hand, can be the scoring option the Knicks need to improve next season after their offense struggled against the Atlanta Hawks in the playoffs.
Dinwiddie would fit comfortably in New York, as he’d be able to bounce back and forth between point guard and shooting guard. This would give the Knicks a ton of versatility. With Derrick Rose hitting free agency, the Knicks will be desperate for guards this offseason. Acquiring Dinwiddie could be a massive signing for this franchise.
The idea of having Ball and Dinwiddie split point guard duties should make any Knicks fan excited. It would create a potential lineup consisting of Ball, Dinwiddie, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, and Mitchell Robinson, with Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, and Nerlens Noel (if they re-sign him) serving as the main contributors off the bench.