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Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie reacts to latest trade rumor

Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving

Despite playing behind newcomers Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie still wants to run it back and contribute to the winning cause of a potential contending team for the upcoming 2020-2021 NBA season.

Dinwiddie continues to find himself involved in swirling trade rumors, though, and he responded Monday morning to the latest scuttlebutt from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. While the guard surely wants to come back, his tensing could suggest he sees the writing on the wall:

Despite having a bucket-getter like Irving arrive at the team during the 2019-2020 season, Dinwiddie managed to play an integral role for the Nets’ playoff aspirations. A shoulder injury sustained by the former Duke Blue Devil midway through the season eventually forced Dinwiddie to carry the bulk of the team’s scoring load. He averaged career-best numbers of 20.6 points along with 6.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds through 64 games played.

Dinwiddie later tested positive for COVID-19 back in June 2020, which eventually ruled him out of the Orlando bubble. His Nets squad entered the playoffs with the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, and they were ultimately bounced out of the postseason picture via first-round series sweep by the Toronto Raptors.

If he’s not traded, the former Colorado standout is expected to be relegated to the backseat once again with the looming return of both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant on the court next season. Regardless of his role, a potential shot at a championship and the bonds he previously formed with his Nets teammates are enough to make him want to come back and play for Brooklyn in the 2020-2021 season.

We’ll see how things play out.