The Los Angeles Lakers must be delighted to be linked to Spencer Dinwiddie. His scoring prowess is something the team lacked in this year’s short playoff run. The Lakers are hoping there are a few ways that they can nab him with their limited cap spaces and assets. Dinwiddie declined a $12.3 million player option with the Brooklyn Nets. He’s entering free-agency with aspirations that should be checked once entering the market. New York Daily News writer Kristian Winfield detailed Dinwiddie’s desires:
A source told The Daily News the combo guard wants to go home, or “wants the bag.” Home is the preferred destination,” the source told The Daily News. “But he wants to secure his financial future, too.
Dinwiddie is originally from Los Angeles, so there’s that. He was also a reported trade target in a deal that would have included Kyle Kuzma. If he truly means it, the Lakers’ creativity will be put to the test when free agency begins. Unfortunately, more than one team resides in Staples Center, so the Los Angeles Clippers will be competition. Their current playoff run could affect their pursuit, especially if they are satisfied with their backcourt.
Dinwiddie averaged 20.6 points and 6.8 assists during the 2019-20 season. The following year was cut short due to a torn right ACL. He was recently cleared for full basketball activities, just in time to find a new home.