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Report: Dinwiddie close to agreement with Wizards

NBC Sports 31 December, 1969 - 06:00pm

Washington traded Westbrook to the Lakers last week and had highlighted Dinwiddie as a top priority entering free agency. They are nearing an agreement, but it's complicated by the fact it requires a sign-and-trade, as the Wizards do not have the cap room to sign Dinwiddie outright.

The Wizards will either have to send players to the Nets or get a third team involved to make the money work by shipping out salary. Dinwiddie is expected to command in the range of $20 million per season.

As long as the deal doesn't fall through, the Wizards will have Dinwiddie on board as the eyes his return from surgery to repair a partially torn ACL, which he underwent in January. He averaged 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game in 2019-20, his last healthy season. 

Dinwiddie, 28, is also known for his defense and high motor. He was instrumental in the Nets building a perennial playoff team in the late 2010s despite trading multiple high draft picks to the Celtics.

NBA free agency 2021: Wizards closing in on deal for Spencer Dinwiddie, per report

ESPN 03 August, 2021 - 06:20am

The Washington Wizards are nearing a sign-and-trade agreement to land Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal would pay him roughly $60 million over three years, according to Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer. The deal is not yet complete, though, because the Wizards do not have the cap space to sign Dinwiddie outright. They must come to a sign-and-trade agreement with Brooklyn, and that strategy comes with complications. 

The Nets are far above the luxury tax entering next season thanks to their three superstars: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Throw in big contracts for Joe Harris and DeAndre Jordan that are also on the books and the Nets might wind up being the most expensive team in basketball next season. A Dinwiddie sign-and-trade, without a third team, might assure that. The Nets would have to take back 80 percent of Dinwiddie's outgoing salary to make a trade legal, and that would push their tax bill up to historic heights. In all likelihood, the Nets would have to reroute salary elsewhere to make such a move feasible.

There are ways to do so. Oklahoma City still has plenty of space to absorb contracts. There are teams that have trade exceptions capable of absorbing contracts that Brooklyn might want to move in this deal. But rarely are such moves cheap. It might cost draft capital just to make a move like this legal. In all likelihood, the two sides are discussing these details and trying to find a way to get Dinwiddie to Washington in a way that doesn't financially impact the Nets.

There appears to be optimism that such an arrangement can be made. Dinwiddie would be replacing Russell Westbrook at point guard for the Wizards, completing a roster overhaul that has taken place in less than a week. The Wizards hope those moves convince Bradley Beal to remain in Washington for the long haul. As the Nets learned in 2019, Dinwiddie is an excellent free-agent recruiter. Assuming a deal gets done, he'll now have a year to try to persuade Beal to stay with him in the nation's capital. 

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Wizards Nearing Deal With Spencer Dinwiddie

hoopsrumors.com 03 August, 2021 - 06:20am

Free agent point guard Spencer Dinwiddie is nearing a deal to join the Wizards, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter link). Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report (Twitter link) says the two sides are working toward a three-year deal that will be worth roughly $60MM.

If Dinwiddie is close to an agreement with the Wizards, perhaps the involved parties – Dinwiddie, the Wizards, and the Nets – are confident they’ll able to work out a deal that appeals to everyone. We’ll await further details.

If the Wizards land Dinwiddie, they’ll be getting a 28-year-old point guard who is coming off a lost season. He appeared in just three games before missing the rest of the 2020/21 campaign due to a partially torn ACL. However, Dinwiddie was reportedly cleared for all basketball activities in June and the expectation is that he’ll be good to go for the fall.

In his last full season, Dinwiddie averaged 20.6 PPG and 6.8 APG on .415/.308/.778 shooting in 64 games (31.2 MPG) for Brooklyn in 2019/20.

The Wizards have agreed to send their starting point guard, Russell Westbrook, to the Lakers for a package that doesn’t include a point guard, so addressing the position was a top priority for the team in free agency.

Wrap this up into the Westbrook trade? If WAS adds in Homesley and Gill, then they can bring in Dinwiddie @ 19, KCP, Kuzma & Harrell within the 125% salary matching.

Am I crazy for wanting kuzma over Harrell in a sign and trade?

kuzma would be a solid replacement for jeff green tbh

Nah kuzma is better, just super inconsistent.

Seems like a lot of money, but the good news is it’s a short deal.

On the one hand, they added a worse version of Westbrook (they both shoot frequently and about as equally poorly, but Westbrook does everything else much better) coming off a major injury.

On the other hand, they shed Westbrook’s salary, got some players for him, and used some of that saved money on Dinwiddie. I think so far, their offseason might be a net positive, but not by much.

Wizards Nearing Deal With Spencer Dinwiddie

New York Post 03 August, 2021 - 06:20am

Free agent point guard Spencer Dinwiddie is nearing a deal to join the Wizards, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter link). Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report (Twitter link) says the two sides are working toward a three-year deal that will be worth roughly $60MM.

If Dinwiddie is close to an agreement with the Wizards, perhaps the involved parties – Dinwiddie, the Wizards, and the Nets – are confident they’ll able to work out a deal that appeals to everyone. We’ll await further details.

If the Wizards land Dinwiddie, they’ll be getting a 28-year-old point guard who is coming off a lost season. He appeared in just three games before missing the rest of the 2020/21 campaign due to a partially torn ACL. However, Dinwiddie was reportedly cleared for all basketball activities in June and the expectation is that he’ll be good to go for the fall.

In his last full season, Dinwiddie averaged 20.6 PPG and 6.8 APG on .415/.308/.778 shooting in 64 games (31.2 MPG) for Brooklyn in 2019/20.

The Wizards have agreed to send their starting point guard, Russell Westbrook, to the Lakers for a package that doesn’t include a point guard, so addressing the position was a top priority for the team in free agency.

Wrap this up into the Westbrook trade? If WAS adds in Homesley and Gill, then they can bring in Dinwiddie @ 19, KCP, Kuzma & Harrell within the 125% salary matching.

Am I crazy for wanting kuzma over Harrell in a sign and trade?

kuzma would be a solid replacement for jeff green tbh

Nah kuzma is better, just super inconsistent.

Seems like a lot of money, but the good news is it’s a short deal.

On the one hand, they added a worse version of Westbrook (they both shoot frequently and about as equally poorly, but Westbrook does everything else much better) coming off a major injury.

On the other hand, they shed Westbrook’s salary, got some players for him, and used some of that saved money on Dinwiddie. I think so far, their offseason might be a net positive, but not by much.

Spencer Dinwiddie Will Sign With The Washington Wizards

Fadeaway World 02 August, 2021 - 11:34pm

But, amid a wild and crazy day of NBA free agency, they finally were able to make some noise of their own.

As reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Wizards have reached a deal to sign free-agent guard Spencer Dinwiddie.

In D.C., he could thrive in an offense featuring Bradley Beal and could keep the Wizards competitive in the East.

In his last full season on the court, he averaged 20.6 points, 6.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game on 41% shooting.

Fresh NBA Trade Ideas Spinning off Latest Rumors

Bleacher Report 02 August, 2021 - 08:46am

The NBA offseason is heating up with the draft in the rearview mirror and free agency about to explode.

It's also rumor season, as talks of players and destinations run wild. This includes the trade market, as there could be a number of sign-and-trade deals or outright swaps before the 2021-22 season kicks off.

Based on the latest reported rumors, these five trades may soon come to fruition.

Washington Wizards Receive: PG Spencer Dinwiddie (via sign-and-trade)

Brooklyn Nets Receive: C Thomas Bryant, 2023 second-round pick (via Chicago Bulls)

A lot of point guards could be on the move this offseason either via free agency or through trades, and the Washington Wizards need a floor general following their reported trade of Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers.

While the Wizards don't have the cap space to sign a high-level point guard on the open market, they could try to swing a trade for one who is unlikely to return to re-sign.

As Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer wrote, "the next name off the point guard market appears likely to be Spencer Dinwiddie to Washington, sources said, in a sign-and-trade that could reroute the newly acquired Kyle Kuzma or Montrezl Harrell to Brooklyn."

Dinwiddie turned down a $12.3 million player option to hit unrestricted free agency, and his next contract will likely land between $15 million and $20 million per year even after he tore his right ACL.

While Fischer mentioned Kuzma and Harrell, Thomas Bryant makes more sense.

The 24-year-old center makes the least money ($8.7 million) of the three, an important factor for the Brooklyn Nets, who are already facing a tax bill over $53 million. He's also the best three-point shooter of the trio, making 41.1 percent of his attempts over the past two seasons. Bryant may miss the beginning of the season as he recovers from a torn left ACL.

Dinwiddie would give the Wizards a rock-solid starting point guard next to Bradley Beal, and they can afford to let Bryant go with Harrell and Daniel Gafford already at the center position.

Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: PF Lauri Markkanen (via sign-and-trade)

Chicago Bulls Receive: G/F Jarrett Culver, PF Juancho Hernangomez

Lauri Markkanen was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 2017 No. 7 pick. Could he finally don a Wolves uniform?

As Michael Scotto of HoopsHype reported, "the Chicago Bulls and forward Lauri Markkanen are open to a sign-and-trade deal, league sources told HoopsHype. One team to keep an eye on in the sign-and-trade market for Markkanen is the Minnesota Timberwolves, who've been searching for an upgrade at the power forward position."

Markkanen was benched by Chicago following its trade for Nikola Vucevic, so the Bulls likely would rather find a trade partner than lose the former for nothing.

Jarrett Culver has been buried in the Minnesota rotation but could compete for the starting small forward job in Chicago (if Patrick Williams moves to power forward full-time). He was the No. 6 pick in the draft just two years ago. Juancho Hernangomez would take Markkanen's role in the Chicago rotation as a backup big who can also space the floor.

The Wolves have plenty of talent in the backcourt and on the wing already, so trading for Markkanen to fill the starting power forward role would help the blossoming offense become even more potent. Defense could be an issue, but Minnesota would still get the best player in the trade.

Indiana Pacers Receive: PG Lonzo Ball (via sign-and-trade), C Jaxson Hayes

New Orleans Pelicans Receive: PG Malcolm Brogdon, C Goga Bitadze

In the New Orleans Pelicans' supposed quest to find a veteran point guard to run their young core, missing out on players such as Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry could lead them to Malcolm Brogdon.

As The Athletic's William Guillory reported, "the Indiana Pacers are another team that may be a sneaky Ball destination. There have been rumors of a potential Ball-for-Malcolm Brogdon swap the past few weeks."

Brogdon is a borderline All-Star who is coming off a season wherein he averaged 21.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.9 assists and made 38.8 percent of his threes, including 44.4 percent off catch-and-shoot opportunities, per NBA.com. With Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson also taking on ball-handling duties, having a knockdown floor-spacer on the wing would only enhance the offense.

The Pacers would make this deal if they like Ball's potential, as he's five years younger than Brogdon and is coming off the best season of his four-year career (14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.5 steals, 37.8 percent from three).

Signing Ball to a three- or four-year deal would also give them a bit more insurance, as Brogdon has just a pair of seasons left on his contract. The trade would raise the long-term ceiling for Indiana's core, although the Pacers would likely be taking a step back in 2021-22 without the veteran point guard.

Hayes gets to develop behind a fellow Texas center in Myles Turner, while Bitadze, who's shown more of a willingness to shoot from deep, becomes the backup to Jonas Valanciunas in New Orleans.

Portland Trail Blazers Receive: PF Pascal Siakam

Toronto Raptors Receive: SG CJ McCollum

With the Portland Trail Blazers looking to add talent around Damian Lillard before a potential trade request comes, swapping CJ McCollum for frontcourt help makes a lot of sense, especially if Portland can re-sign shooting guard Norman Powell.

As Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer wrote: "There has also been an intriguing CJ McCollum-Pascal Siakam trade framework discussed between Portland and Toronto, though talks between the teams have yet to generate significant momentum, sources said. Rival executives believe the Raptors' selection of Scottie Barnes seemingly reinforces Siakam's availability for trade."

The Toronto Raptors passed on guard Jalen Suggs with the No. 4 pick to take Barnes, a 6'7" guard-forward hybrid. With Kyle Lowry unlikely to return to Toronto, swapping Siakam for a ball-handling guard in McCollum would fill a need.

Portland, if it re-signs Powell, could then move him to his natural shooting guard position next to Lillard, who'd be surrounded by a frontcourt of Siakam, Robert Covington and Jusuf Nurkic.

Toronto would begin the year with a McCollum-Fred VanVleet backcourt, and Barnes, Gary Trent Jr. (a restricted free agent) and OG Anunoby would compete for the two forward spots.

It's difficult to tell which team would have to give up additional assets, as both Siakam and McCollum are borderline All-Stars.

Miami Heat Receive: PG Kyle Lowry (via sign-and-trade)

Toronto Raptors Receive: PG Goran Dragic, PF Precious Achiuwa

After the Miami Heat declined their $15 million option on Andre Iguodala, doing the same for Goran Dragic and his $19.4 million option seemed likely in their quest to open up cap space.

However, the Heat kept Dragic—at least for now.

As ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported, "the Heat's decision to pick up the $19.4M option on Goran Dragic's deal is a possible precursor in utilizing him as part of a potential sign-and-trade with Toronto for Kyle Lowry."

Wojnarowski also noted "a Dragic sign-and-trade would need to include assets—such as draft picks and/or young players—to incentivize Raptors' involvement."

It's unclear why Miami wouldn't just turn down Dragic's option and use the cap space to sign Lowry, but perhaps it has another move lined up.

With this deal, the Heat would improve their core of Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro, with Lowry a perfect fit thanks to his outside shooting, passing and leadership.

Toronto should be happy to get anything back for Lowry, an unrestricted free agent, so a veteran point guard on an expiring deal and a promising young big man in Precious Achiuwa would be a bonus.

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Fresh NBA Trade Ideas Spinning off Latest Rumors

Newsday 02 August, 2021 - 08:46am

The NBA offseason is heating up with the draft in the rearview mirror and free agency about to explode.

It's also rumor season, as talks of players and destinations run wild. This includes the trade market, as there could be a number of sign-and-trade deals or outright swaps before the 2021-22 season kicks off.

Based on the latest reported rumors, these five trades may soon come to fruition.

Washington Wizards Receive: PG Spencer Dinwiddie (via sign-and-trade)

Brooklyn Nets Receive: C Thomas Bryant, 2023 second-round pick (via Chicago Bulls)

A lot of point guards could be on the move this offseason either via free agency or through trades, and the Washington Wizards need a floor general following their reported trade of Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers.

While the Wizards don't have the cap space to sign a high-level point guard on the open market, they could try to swing a trade for one who is unlikely to return to re-sign.

As Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer wrote, "the next name off the point guard market appears likely to be Spencer Dinwiddie to Washington, sources said, in a sign-and-trade that could reroute the newly acquired Kyle Kuzma or Montrezl Harrell to Brooklyn."

Dinwiddie turned down a $12.3 million player option to hit unrestricted free agency, and his next contract will likely land between $15 million and $20 million per year even after he tore his right ACL.

While Fischer mentioned Kuzma and Harrell, Thomas Bryant makes more sense.

The 24-year-old center makes the least money ($8.7 million) of the three, an important factor for the Brooklyn Nets, who are already facing a tax bill over $53 million. He's also the best three-point shooter of the trio, making 41.1 percent of his attempts over the past two seasons. Bryant may miss the beginning of the season as he recovers from a torn left ACL.

Dinwiddie would give the Wizards a rock-solid starting point guard next to Bradley Beal, and they can afford to let Bryant go with Harrell and Daniel Gafford already at the center position.

Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: PF Lauri Markkanen (via sign-and-trade)

Chicago Bulls Receive: G/F Jarrett Culver, PF Juancho Hernangomez

Lauri Markkanen was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 2017 No. 7 pick. Could he finally don a Wolves uniform?

As Michael Scotto of HoopsHype reported, "the Chicago Bulls and forward Lauri Markkanen are open to a sign-and-trade deal, league sources told HoopsHype. One team to keep an eye on in the sign-and-trade market for Markkanen is the Minnesota Timberwolves, who've been searching for an upgrade at the power forward position."

Markkanen was benched by Chicago following its trade for Nikola Vucevic, so the Bulls likely would rather find a trade partner than lose the former for nothing.

Jarrett Culver has been buried in the Minnesota rotation but could compete for the starting small forward job in Chicago (if Patrick Williams moves to power forward full-time). He was the No. 6 pick in the draft just two years ago. Juancho Hernangomez would take Markkanen's role in the Chicago rotation as a backup big who can also space the floor.

The Wolves have plenty of talent in the backcourt and on the wing already, so trading for Markkanen to fill the starting power forward role would help the blossoming offense become even more potent. Defense could be an issue, but Minnesota would still get the best player in the trade.

Indiana Pacers Receive: PG Lonzo Ball (via sign-and-trade), C Jaxson Hayes

New Orleans Pelicans Receive: PG Malcolm Brogdon, C Goga Bitadze

In the New Orleans Pelicans' supposed quest to find a veteran point guard to run their young core, missing out on players such as Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry could lead them to Malcolm Brogdon.

As The Athletic's William Guillory reported, "the Indiana Pacers are another team that may be a sneaky Ball destination. There have been rumors of a potential Ball-for-Malcolm Brogdon swap the past few weeks."

Brogdon is a borderline All-Star who is coming off a season wherein he averaged 21.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.9 assists and made 38.8 percent of his threes, including 44.4 percent off catch-and-shoot opportunities, per NBA.com. With Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson also taking on ball-handling duties, having a knockdown floor-spacer on the wing would only enhance the offense.

The Pacers would make this deal if they like Ball's potential, as he's five years younger than Brogdon and is coming off the best season of his four-year career (14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.5 steals, 37.8 percent from three).

Signing Ball to a three- or four-year deal would also give them a bit more insurance, as Brogdon has just a pair of seasons left on his contract. The trade would raise the long-term ceiling for Indiana's core, although the Pacers would likely be taking a step back in 2021-22 without the veteran point guard.

Hayes gets to develop behind a fellow Texas center in Myles Turner, while Bitadze, who's shown more of a willingness to shoot from deep, becomes the backup to Jonas Valanciunas in New Orleans.

Portland Trail Blazers Receive: PF Pascal Siakam

Toronto Raptors Receive: SG CJ McCollum

With the Portland Trail Blazers looking to add talent around Damian Lillard before a potential trade request comes, swapping CJ McCollum for frontcourt help makes a lot of sense, especially if Portland can re-sign shooting guard Norman Powell.

As Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer wrote: "There has also been an intriguing CJ McCollum-Pascal Siakam trade framework discussed between Portland and Toronto, though talks between the teams have yet to generate significant momentum, sources said. Rival executives believe the Raptors' selection of Scottie Barnes seemingly reinforces Siakam's availability for trade."

The Toronto Raptors passed on guard Jalen Suggs with the No. 4 pick to take Barnes, a 6'7" guard-forward hybrid. With Kyle Lowry unlikely to return to Toronto, swapping Siakam for a ball-handling guard in McCollum would fill a need.

Portland, if it re-signs Powell, could then move him to his natural shooting guard position next to Lillard, who'd be surrounded by a frontcourt of Siakam, Robert Covington and Jusuf Nurkic.

Toronto would begin the year with a McCollum-Fred VanVleet backcourt, and Barnes, Gary Trent Jr. (a restricted free agent) and OG Anunoby would compete for the two forward spots.

It's difficult to tell which team would have to give up additional assets, as both Siakam and McCollum are borderline All-Stars.

Miami Heat Receive: PG Kyle Lowry (via sign-and-trade)

Toronto Raptors Receive: PG Goran Dragic, PF Precious Achiuwa

After the Miami Heat declined their $15 million option on Andre Iguodala, doing the same for Goran Dragic and his $19.4 million option seemed likely in their quest to open up cap space.

However, the Heat kept Dragic—at least for now.

As ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported, "the Heat's decision to pick up the $19.4M option on Goran Dragic's deal is a possible precursor in utilizing him as part of a potential sign-and-trade with Toronto for Kyle Lowry."

Wojnarowski also noted "a Dragic sign-and-trade would need to include assets—such as draft picks and/or young players—to incentivize Raptors' involvement."

It's unclear why Miami wouldn't just turn down Dragic's option and use the cap space to sign Lowry, but perhaps it has another move lined up.

With this deal, the Heat would improve their core of Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro, with Lowry a perfect fit thanks to his outside shooting, passing and leadership.

Toronto should be happy to get anything back for Lowry, an unrestricted free agent, so a veteran point guard on an expiring deal and a promising young big man in Precious Achiuwa would be a bonus.

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