The Washington Wizards have their Russell Westbrook replacement.
Spencer Dinwiddie has agreed to a three-year, $62 million sign-and-trade deal, according to The Athletic and Stadium's Shams Charania. The New York Daily News' Kristian Winfield first reported Dinwiddie's contract details.
Multiple teams are involved in the deal.
The Brooklyn Nets will reportedly receive a 2024 second-round draft selection and 2025 pick swap from Washington. The San Antonio Spurs acquire forward Chandler Hutchison and a 2022 second-round draft pick from the Wizards, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Also reportedly included in the deal are the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers draft night trades with the Wizards.
In Dinwiddie, the Wizards are getting a player who looked like an emerging star during the 2019-20 season with the Nets. The 28-year-old posted 20.6 points, 6.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game while leading the Nets to the playoffs despite missing Kyrie Irving for most of the season and Kevin Durant for all of the season.
Dinwiddie entered last season positioned lead the Nets again alongside Durant and Irving, but lost that chance when a partial tear of his ACL knocked him out for the season.
Shortly after the agreement was reported, Dinwiddie posted a seeming confirmation on Twitter.
What can the Wizards do with Spencer Dinwiddie?
As the Nets move forward with their core of Durant, Irving and James Harden, Dinwiddie will now head south to a Washington team that previously had a burning hole at point guard. The Wizards traded Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers for Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and a package of draft picks.
In Westbrook's lone season alongside Bradley Beal, the Wizards went 34-38 and made the playoffs by the skin of their teeth, winning the second play-in game after finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference.
Both Westbrook's strengths and limitations are well-documented. He is the best combination of scoring, passing and rebounding the modern NBA has seen, as evidenced by his triple-double record, but he's also a 30.5% shooter from deep, infamously unproductive off the ball and never been known as an elite defender. Dinwiddie could very well be a better fit alongside Beal, as well as the rest of the Wizards' fairly young collection of talent.
Filling in for a Hall of Fame talent is still a tall order though, and the Wizards may not have much time to show they can win before management starts considering a Beal trade (or Beal himself starts pushing for a deal).
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