There are rumblings that Brooklyn Nets guard spencer dinwiddie is eyeing a return to the court from a torn ACL if the Nets make the NBA Finals this season. However, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports a Dinwiddie return is still unlikely.
Dinwiddie only appeared in three regular-season games due to partially tearing his ACL in late December. The initial expectation was that he would be out for the season, and while that still could be the case, he has posted some messages on social media hinting at a potential return.
It’s clear Dinwiddie would love to be back out on the floor for the Nets’ playoff run, but they’re not going to let him play unless he’s definitely healthy enough to do so. He has been rehabbing in Los Angeles but is expected to rejoin the team soon.
Dinwiddie was a crucial piece for Brooklyn the last few seasons. He put up a career-high 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game last season in 64 games. He started 49 of those games with Kyrie Irving missing a lot of time and Kevin Durant out the entire season because of his Achilles injury.
Dinwiddie struggled in a smaller role in a small sample size to start the season before getting hurt. The Nets then traded for James Harden, so even if Dinwiddie were to return, it’s unclear where he’d slot in at in the rotation or if he’d even play at all.
Brooklyn is currently up 2-1 in its second-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks. Harden is still nursing a nagging hamstring injury, and it’s unclear when he’ll be back in the lineup.
A healthy Nets squad is the clear favorite to win the NBA title. The NBA Finals are set to start on July 8.