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Spencer Dinwiddie had been linked to the Washington Wizards throughout the early stages of NBA free agency. For Washington, interest in Dinwiddie became apparent after the team dealt away fellow guard Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers.
This marriage has now come to fruition. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Washington has acquired Dinwiddie from the Brooklyn Nets in a sign-and-trade. In turn, the veteran guard has agreed to a three-year, $62 million contract with Washington.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski adds that the sign-and-trade includes a total of five teams. Washington is sending Chandler Hutchinson and a 2022 second-round pick to San Antonio. Meanwhile, the Nets get a 2024 second-round pick and the right to swap 2025 picks from Washington.
As for the other teams involved, details have yet to be released. However, it appears that the Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers have gotten into the action, including their draft-night trades with the Wizards.
Regardless, the headliner here is Spencer Dinwiddie. Despite playing in just three games with the Nets last season due to a partially torn ACL, he was among the top free-agent guards on the market.
Back in 2019-20, the 28-year-old Los Angeles native averaged 20.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists. He’ll now team up with Bradley Beal for a revamped Wizards team.
Fresh off a surprise appearance in the NBA Playoffs, Washington has changed things up big time this summer. That includes adding the likes of Spencer Dinwiddie, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and Aaron Holiday as part of the Westbrook trade.