The Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets came to an agreement on a sign and trade that will send former Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie to Washington to team up with Bradley Beal and the rest of Wizards.
Dinwiddie signed a three-year contract with the Wizards and sends a pair of second-round picks that used to belong to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2024 and Golden State Warriors in 2025 to the Nets. Brooklyn also receives an $11.5-million dollar trade exception as part of the deal.
The Wizards are also sending forward Chandler Hutchinson to the San Antonio Spurs and a second-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This allows the Wizards to avoid the luxury tax for the 2021-22 season.
Ironically, these two moves are now included in what is now a five-team trade that is responsible for sending star point guard Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers, which forms one of the NBA’s most dangerous starting lineups in the league alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. In addition to Dinwiddie, the Wizards also receive Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Montrezl Harrell from the Lakers and a second-round pick in last week’s NBA Draft Isaiah Todd and point guard Aaron Holiday from the Pacers.
The first-round pick the Lakers originally agreed to send to the Wizards in the Draft is now going to the Pacers, that was former Kentucky Wildcat forward Isaiah Jackson, one of the most athletic players in the entire draft class. The Spurs get Hutchinson and the second-round pick, while Brooklyn is now in possession of the two second-round picks and the trade exception. The entire five-team trade does not become official until Friday when the league’s annual moratorium on transactions and trades is lifted for concerns around the salary cap.
Talk about complicated.
What the Wizards are getting in Dinwiddie
Dinwiddie played in just three games last season for the Nets because he suffered a partially torn ACL in his right knee in December. The injury required season-ending surgery, and Dinwiddie has spent the following months rehabbing from the serious knee injury.
Dinwiddie started his career with the Detroit Pistons in 2014-15 and spent the following season the Pistons as well. In his two seasons with the Pistons, Dinwiddie averaged just 4.4 points and 1.4 rebounds with 2.7 assists a game while shooting an ugly 31 percent from the field and 17 percent from three.
When Dinwiddie was acquired by the Nets prior to the 2016-17 season, though, it gave him a fresh start in a new city with a new organization. In the five seasons that he spent with Brooklyn, the Nets saw Dinwiddie average 14.3 points a game and 3.0 rebounds with 5.3 assists with improved shooting numbers from both the field and three-point range.
Dinwiddie’s career hit its peak in 2019-20 when he averaged 20.6 points a game with 3.5 rebounds and just shy of seven assists a game. The Nets made the decision to part way with Dinwiddie largely in part because they are concerned about the luxury tax and because they have a backcourt that now includes Kyrie Irving and James Harden.
Dinwiddie will now be the starting point guard for the Wizards, a position that Westbrook held last season alongside Beal. The Wizards have completely retooled their roster with the addition of Dinwiddie along with the No. 15 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, Corey Kispert, and Todd creating a potential long-term future in Washington with Beal expected to remain a Wizard for the long term.
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