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.