Entering the 2020-21 NBA season, the Brooklyn Nets were projected to be one of the “teams to beat” not just because of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, but because of Spencer Dinwiddie as well! With both Irving and Durant sidelined last season, Dinwiddie was the star of the Nets and he led them to the NBA Playoffs, averaging 20.6 points, 6.8 assists and shooting 41.5% from the floor.
He was expected to have a huge role with the Brooklyn Nets this season, but then 3 games into the year, Spencer Dinwiddie went down with an ACL injury in his right knee that kept him out for the remainder of the season. Who knows, maybe the Nets wouldn’t have traded for James Harden if Dinwiddie was healthy!
Nonetheless, after missing nearly the entire 2020-21 season, Spencer Dinwiddie is now ready to enter free agency after opting out of his player option for the 2021-22 season.
The Nets could potentially look at bringing back the veteran guard, but chances of him coming back to Brooklyn are not good given their financial situation.
There are plenty of teams though who will show interest in Dinwiddie as if he never suffered this knee injury. Many teams are not that concerned about the ACL injury he sustained early on in the season and there are a handful of teams this offseason that coil really use his services at the starting point guard position.
With that said, let’s take a look at four of the teams who have been rumored to have interest in Spencer Dinwiddie this offseason and four teams who could be in battle with one another to sign him.
4. Chicago Bulls
Ever since Derrick Rose went down to knee injuries, the Chicago Bulls have been searching for who will be their next point guard. They have gone through numerous names over the years and they do have Coby White, but he is out at least four months after having offseason surgery on his shoulder.
His timetable as of right now is 4-6 months, which definitely means that White is going to miss the start of the 2021-22 season. With Tomas Satoransky as the only other point guard on the Bulls roster and no first-round pick in the draft, Chicago is a team that will aggressively pursue another guard this offseason in free agency.
Lonzo Ball and Kyle Lowry are two other names that have come up in rumors connected with the Bulls, but Spencer Dinwiddie does make a lot of sense for them financially and fit wise. They do not necessarily need a star point guard, especially with LaVine and Vucevic as the focal points of their team, but they need an experienced, proven guy who can facilitate and hold things down offensively.