The upcoming free-agent class lacks the type of top-end talent teams like the Dallas Mavericks were banking on heading into this offseason. Players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday signed long-term extensions. Victor Oladipo suffered an injury that could potentially cost him his career. Star veterans like Kawhi Leonard, who is recovering from surgery to repair a partially torn ACL, and Chris Paul appear unlikely to leave their current teams. Even younger players like Lonzo Ball and John Collins enter this offseason as Restricted Free Agents and their actual availability is unknown. What we do know is that the Mavericks have several glaring needs on the roster and limited resources with which to address them.
Spencer Dinwiddie is a 28-year-old, 6-foot-5 combo guard. A seven-year veteran, Dinwiddie is recovering from an ACL injury that cost him all but three games last season. He recently declined the player option on the final year of a contract that would have paid him $12.3 million this upcoming season. Despite his injury, Dinwiddie appears to be heading towards a pay raise in a market that lacks true star power.
The Mavericks’ biggest need is secondary playmaking. Luka Doncic’s absurd usage rate made the offense predictable and caused him to wear down in the fourth quarter of games. He, and the Mavericks, desperately need someone that can help shoulder the burden on offense. Dinwiddie can do just that.
In his last full season, Dinwiddie averaged 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game. In years prior, he was the lone bright spot on some truly terrible Brooklyn Nets teams. He can create his own shot and is a good enough passer to get his teammates involved. In Dallas, he won’t be tasked with being the primary engine of the offense. He simply has to be good enough to attack defenses and hit open shooters when the opportunities present themselves.