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Report: Spencer Dinwiddie’s plan for $12.3 million player option with Nets, revealed

Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets

Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie plans to decline his $12.3 million player option for 2021-22 and become an unrestricted free agent, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Dinwiddie missed most of the 2020-21 season with a partially torn ACL. The guard was hoping to return in the NBA Finals if the Nets got that far, but they fell short in Game 7 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Injuries to James Harden and Kyrie Irving were big factors in Brooklyn falling short against Milwaukee.

Despite the ACL injury, Dinwiddie should be a coveted piece in free agency, and he’s surely looking to beat that $12.3 million number on a new deal when it comes to his average annual salary. When healthy in 2019-20, the 28-year-old averaged a career-high 20.6 points and 6.8 assists in 31.2 minutes per game. He started 49 games with Durant out and Irving also missing time.

Dinwiddie’s role in 2020-21 was already looking to be considerably smaller before he got hurt, and he struggled in three games before going down with the injury. That was before the Nets even traded for Harden. The guard would surely like a bigger role, which is another reason why he’ll test the market, but we can’t rule out a return to Brooklyn. The Nets don’t have all that much flexibility to improve the roster, so they could just choose to pay up to keep Dinwiddie.