As the Nets official website notes, Spencer Dinwiddie has been one of the NBA’s most effective players off the bench, leading in assists (105, 5.0 per game) and ranking second in points (333, 15.9 per game). He’s also second in field goals made off the bench with 42. The L.A. native even leads the NBA in double-digit scoring games off the bench with 20.
Not to mention that he’s intelligent, a big fan favorite and a social media titan.
A valuable commodity for sure but he and the Nets have a big decision to make. A week from Saturday, December 8, will be the first day Brooklyn can extend the 25-year-old. It’s the second anniversary of his original signing back in 2016. Under league rules, he’s eligible for up to a four-year, $47.5 million deal. If the Nets don’t sign him by June 30, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.
Brian Lewis asked him about it Thursday...
“The ball is very much in Sean Marks’ and the Nets’ court,” he told Lewis. “Everybody knows what my extension number is: Four for $47 1/2 million. It is well documented. Can’t go above. It’s not like I’m really looking to go below. It is what it is. I’ll find out when you guys find out.”
According to Keith Smith of Yahoo! Sports, here are the specific numbers.
Dinwiddie has said in the past —and said again Wednesday— that he’d likely take that deal if offered.
“I would love to have an extension,” he said. “I would love to be here for a long time. If I don’t get an extension, then I’ll be looking forward to unrestricted free agency.”
Two problems: 1) the Nets are all about flexibility with their $50 to $70 million in cap space next summer. Signing him to a extension now would reduce that amount substantially, and. 2) If the Nets don’t don’t sign him and he decides to go with a bigger offer, the Nets will have lost a very good player without getting anything back.
The Nets could certainly sign him in the summer using his Bird Rights, meaning that he could be signed outside the cap (the salary would count towards the luxury tax). But if Dinwiddie continues his strong play —he is a legitimate candidate for Sixth Man of the Year this year after being a legitimate candidate for Most Improved last season— that could get costly with so many teams in need of a point guard.
Brian Lewis writes Friday that “With guard-needy teams like the Suns and Magic out there, sources told The Post Dinwiddie could command more in free agency.”
Of course, Brooklyn could trade him before the deadline in February. That way, they would get some compensation.
In many ways, his situation mirrors that of Joe Harris, the Nets other great player development success. Harris could have signed for more than the two-year $16 million deal he ultimately agreed to, but he wanted to stay with Brooklyn. He agreed to the contract on July 1 but ultimately was signed using Bird Rights on July 24, after the Nets had made their bigger moves.
No matter what happens, Dinwiddie has been a huge bargain. His original deal was a three-year arrangement at the vets minimum with a slew of team options. Now, he’s justified in believing he’s due for a pay day.
And Kenny Atkinson says that Dinwiddie has not been affected by impending free agency, no matter when it comes.
“Not even a tinge of him playing selfishly or looking for his,” Atkinson said. “I just think it’s been his disposition, his maturity. It’s been much better, much better than last season.”
- Spencer Dinwiddie hopes for extension with Nets - Brian Heyman - Newsday
- Spencer Dinwiddie knows where he wants to be — if price is right - Brian Lewis - New York Post