The general assumption was the Brooklyn Nets had lost combo guard Spencer Dinwiddie for the remainder of the season when he suffered a partially torn ACL in December.

However, Dinwiddie is dropping hints he could be ready for game action by the time the playoffs roll around.

The 28-year-old was asked about his status for the playoffs. He said his recovery has gone swimmingly thus far:

“Ohh, that's a tough one,” Dinwiddie said, via Diamond Leung of The Athletic. “Recovery's going great…The ramp-up to be able to play in a playoff atmosphere is realistic.”

It would be pretty incredible for Dinwiddie to return to the hardwood basically five months since suffering the injury. But the Nets could probably use him in the rotation.

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Brooklyn's depth has been depleted in the course of the past week. James Harden recently suffered a setback as he works through a hamstring issue. Chris Chiozza underwent surgery on his hand. Tyler Johnson is out indefinitely with knee soreness, while Landry Shamet has also had some issues here and there.

Dinwiddie could give the Nets vital playmaking off the bench if he's really right. The 28-year-old is capable on the ball and can get to his spots as a scorer. He also works well in pick-and-roll and consistently makes plays for his teammates.

But while Brooklyn could benefit from Dinwiddie's possible return, he would probably be wise to exhibit a bit of caution. He will be a free agent this offseason should he elect to decline his player option.

Perhaps Dinwiddie could bolster his market if he makes a triumphant return. But he also risks a possible setback, which could wreck his chances of getting a strong offer.