Wizards are eyeing sign and trade for Spencer Dinwiddie from Nets
Two days before NBA free agency begins, trade talk continues to race through the league. The latest rumor is that the Washington Wizards are keenly interested in a sign-and-trade package to bring Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets to D.C.
Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report offered more details on what the Wizards might attempt to do:
With that, the next name off the point guard market appears likely to be Spencer Dinwiddie to Washington, sources said, in a sign-and-trade (with the Wizards) that could reroute the newly acquired Kyle Kuzma or Montrezl Harrell to Brooklyn. The Nets continue their efforts to move DeAndre Jordan’s salary as well, sources said.
Dinwiddie suffered a partially torn ACL in his right knee in late December of last year, just three games into the new NBA season. He wasn’t able to make it back for the playoffs, which didn’t rate as a surprise. It did, however, represent a missing piece the Nets sorely could have used when they went seven games against the eventual NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks in the East semifinals. The Nets very reasonably don’t want to take on a player with significant injury concerns after going through a season in which player injuries derailed their title chase. The Wizards are in a much better position to take on the risks attached to Dinwiddie.
The Wizards might want Spencer Dinwiddie
While the Wizards retool their roster in an attempt to give Bradley Beal significant support, the subplot of either Kyle Kuzma or Montrezl Harrell potentially going to the Nets is fascinating. The Nets fell short against the Bucks mostly due to injuries — and Giannis Antetokounmpo getting the job done for Milwaukee — but Joe Harris did not hit shots. Kuzma could become the role player who shoots 3-pointers for Brooklyn. Harrell could provide energy and effort in the paint and on the glass.
The Wizards recently traded Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers. It is an obvious point of interest throughout the NBA if that deal was a final move or a move to set up different moves in the coming weeks. This rumor clearly supports the latter view, but we’ll have to wait and see if this rumor pans out.