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Suns could eye Spencer Dinwiddie with lack of extension

The Brooklyn Nets passed up on the immediate chance to secure Spencer Dinwiddie and his future with the team, as he became eligible for a four-year contract extension worth a maximum of $47.5 million over the weekend, yet the front office has yet to pull the trigger on a deal.

“No news. Nothing to report,” Dinwiddie’s agent, Raymond Brothers, said, according to Brian Lewis of The New York Post.

“Dec. 8, it came, it’s gone. I don’t have an extension,” said Dinwiddie. “Just let Raymond and [Nets general manager] Sean [Marks] talk about it. I already said what I needed to say.”

While the Nets can still negotiate an extension with Dinwiddie, they’ll have to do so before calls start coming on Dec. 15, when players like the 6-foot-6 guard become available for trade.

Teams around the league have kept a close eye on Dinwiddie and his natural progression as a floor general, with the likes of the Phoenix Suns still desperately looking for a point guard to take the increasing workload away from star Devin Booker.

Phoenix is reportedly looking at a three-way deal that would send Trevor Ariza to the Lakers and send Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a third team in order to net Dinwiddie in the process, according to Lewis.

Spencer Dinwiddie is on a $1.6 million deal and averaging 16.1 points on 46.7 percent shooting from the field and 35.6 percent rate from beyond the arc, all three are career-highs.

He ranks 19th in the NBA in offensive real plus/minus, and seventh in the East, behind All-Star-caliber guards like Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry, and Eric Bledsoe; Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler also rank ahead of Dinwiddie.

Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey claimed his contract last season (made $1.5 million) was a bargain, but he has proven to be a steal and a role model of what the Nets’ developmental team can do, resuscitating a career by taking him into the G League and allowing him to develop.

Donte DiVincenzo

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