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The reason Wizards target Spencer Dinwiddie is being held hostage by Nets in free agency

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The Washington Wizards appeared to have their Russell Westbrook replacement in Spencer Dinwiddie. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that he was nearing a deal with the Wiz during Day 1 of free agency. But it appears that the Brooklyn Nets aren’t going to make it easy for Washington.

Usually, when Woj or Shams Charania report an imminent deal, a confirmation is soon to follow. But it was definitely puzzling for Wizards fans when none came even hours after the initial tweet from Woj.

ESPN analyst Bobby Marks gave a summary of the free agency, wherein he mentioned where the potential holdup lies.

“We’ll see what happens with Spencer Dinwiddie. I know it was reported with Washington but there’s still a lot of work to be done as far as figuring out a sign-and-trade. Brooklyn holds a ton of leverage because the Wizards don’t have cap space to go out and sign Dinwiddie outright here.”


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That’s certainly a tough break for D.C. if they can’t work out a deal without giving up an asset or two. They need all the weapons they can if they want to build around Bradley Beal. Spencer Dinwiddie could be a step in the right direction, but certainly they’d need a lot more firepower to make any real noise.

A future first and a matching contract, such as Davis Bertans perhaps, could be a potential match in this scenario. But the Nets may want to be able to choose their returning player in any deal.