Suns, Magic could create demand in free agent market for Spencer Dinwiddie
Spencer Dinwiddie has very openly left the ball in the Brooklyn Nets’ court when it comes to free agency, as he says it will be up to general manager Sean Marks to decided whether he stays with the team with a contract extension or hits the open market. There could be demand pushing up his price tag, though, as teams in need of a starting point guard like the Phoenix Suns and the Orlando Magic could command his services, according to Brian Lewis of The New York Post.
Dinwiddie had a breakout season in 2017-18 and prefers to stay with the Nets, a system he is comfortable with — but he could get an even better opportunity for other teams that are in dire need of a catalyst at the point.
The Suns and the Magic have both been victim of Elfrid Payton’s absence — as the Magic surrendered him to the Suns for a second-round pick right before the trade deadline expired last season, and Phoenix let the young point man go in the offseason.
The New Orleans Pelicans, who acquired him as a free agent on a one-year deal, will be without him for roughly another five weeks after he went down to injury.
These miscalculations by the aforementioned can create a stronger market for Dinwiddie, who lacks the star power of others in a busy 2019 free agent class, but offers plenty of value as a 6-foot-6 point guard with great instincts.
“Everybody knows what my extension number is: Four for $47 ¹/₂ million. … Can’t go above. It’s not like I’m really looking to go below. It is what it is,” said Dinwiddie. “I’ll find out when you guys find out. We’ll either see something on the ESPN ticker that says ‘Spencer Dinwiddie offered $47 ¹/₂ million from the Brooklyn Nets,’ and then you guys will know how much money my bank account has at that moment in time.”
Unlike other potential free agents, Dinwiddie is keenly aware of his situation, still hoping the Nets come calling, rather than having to survey the market for his best landing spot.