Would trade for Nets’ Dinwiddie make sense as Warriors reload? originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
As the Warriors look to rebuild their dynasty and vault back into title contention, they have been connected to just about every possible player who might be traded this offseason.
So what’s the harm in adding one more name to the fire?
On Monday, SNY’s Ian Begley reported that multiple Western Conference contenders are interested in trying to trade for Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
Dinwiddie has blossomed over the last three seasons with the Nets. Last season, he averaged 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game while shooting 41.5 percent from the floor and 30.8 percent from 3-point range. Dinwiddie is a talented offensive player who is effective both on and off the ball.
On the surface, the 27-year-old is exactly the type of player the Warriors have been looking to surround Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins with. Acquiring Dinwiddie also gives the Warriors the secondary ball-handler they have been looking for since Shaun Livingston retired and Andre Iguodala was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Dinwiddie is a high-IQ player who would fit well alongside Curry and Thompson and give the Warriors an efficient floor general to initiate the offense when Curry is on the bench.
So yes, Dinwiddie would appear to be someone the Warriors would target. But he is owed $11.4 million this season and has a player option for $12.3 million next season. The Warriors already are over the luxury tax and would only like to add to their bill if it’s a home-run acquisition they can’t turn down.
The Warriors could acquire Dinwiddie using the $17.2 million trade exception they got in the Andre Iguodala trade, but it likely would take more than that for the Nets to part with the young guard. Since other salaries can’t be added in a deal with a trade exception, the Warriors would have to add draft capital in order to get the deal done.
But the No. 2 overall pick is too high a price to pay for a guard who could opt for free agency after this season. The Warriors reportedly are eager to make a pick at No. 2 overall recognizing the rare opportunity they have to add a young, elite talent to a roster that is built to win a title now.
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In order for the Warriors to part with a chance that is afforded to few contenders, they would have to get back a player with better credentials and a higher ceiling than Dinwiddie.
With the No. 2 overall pick, the Warriors have the opportunity to bridge the gap between the Curry era and the next generation of Warriors basketball. Most teams have to bottom out before constructing a bridge between championship eras, so this is a rare gift the Warriors would be foolish to pass up.
Dinwiddie is talented and he fits a need, but it’s hard to connect the dots that get him from Brooklyn to the Bay.
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Published: 2020-11-09 21:02:45
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