In his daily update on the NBA trade season, Fred Kerber quotes an NBA scout who says the Nets backcourt is so crowded that it may be time to unload Spencer Dinwiddie.
“I think the Nets will trade Dinwiddie at some point. They’ve got [Jeremy] Lin coming back. They feel D’Angelo Russell is part of their future. Dinwiddie’s value is probably the highest because he’s got another year at a low number ($1.656 million, partially guaranteed). And he’s playing real well,” the scout said. “If those guys come back healthy, he won’t play as much and then he’s an unrestricted free agent the following year and his value will be a lot lower.”
There’s also Caris LeVert who’s backed up Russell and Dinwiddie as well as a number of young players who could fill in at the point, players like Isaiah Whitehead and Milton Doyle, if Dinwiddie is dealt.
“Of course,” adds Kerber. “The Nets’ fan base might try to determine the exact combustion point of Barclays Center if that happens.”
Are the Nets gauging interest in the 6’6” point guard? There’s been no reporting on that, but Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxsym reports the interest is less than he anticipated.
“Spencer Dinwiddie is not liked by executives as a trade target as much as he is a free agent down the line,“ wrote Moore. “Dinwiddie garnered praise, but not as much trade lust as I figured he would.”
It does appear the Nets are listening to offers on a number of players, including Joe Harris and DeMarre Carroll.
For Harris, whose improvement is almost as great at Dinwiddie’s, told Kerber’s colleague, Brian Lewis that he understands it’s a business.
“It’s an interesting business, for sure. It’s just a lot of stuff that can definitely make people anxious. It’s difficult to get away from it,” Harris admitted to Lewis. “But at the same time at the end of the day you’ve just got to focus on what you can control. You’re not going to control where you go if you happen to be traded. But what you can control is trying to stay focused on these games leading up to the All-Star break.”
If the Nets decide to trade players for picks, Kerber notes, it could affect a number of teams’ decision-making, none of them more so than the Cavaliers. Kerber writes...
The Nets dealt Tyler Zeller to the Bucks on Monday for a pick. Keep those trades coming, the Cavs implore. For every player sent out for a pick, the Nets’ record figures to worsen as their lottery position improves. So the Cavs have fingers crossed the Nets continue their rebuilding by collecting picks for players.
The deadline is now a little more than a day away, 3 p.m. ET Thursday. One player who’s unlikely to be moved or bought out is Timofey Mozgov. Lewis quotes a league source as saying, “it’s unlikely the Nets would buy out little-used Timofey Mozgov, who hasn’t started since Nov. 14 or played since Jan. 10.”
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