The Los Angeles Lakers seem to be in the market to sign a veteran lead guard that can run their offense. One of the top available options is seemingly interested in filling that role for them.
According to Brad Turner of the LA Times, Spencer Dinwiddie has interest in signing with his hometown Lakers. The free agent guard appeared in just three games last season, his fifth with the Brooklyn Nets, due to an ACL injury.
Dinwiddie has been linked to the Lakers before, with a previous report stating that he was seeking either a big payday or a return home which could imply either the Lakers or the Clippers. That potentially means he could take less money to sign with the purple and gold. The Lakers’ spending power is likely to be limited to just minimum contracts and the taxpayer mid-level exception. A sign and trade or freeing up space to use their full mid-level exception are both possible but come with individual opportunity costs.
In his four Nets seasons prior to the ACL injury, Dinwiddie averaged 14.4 points and 5.4 assists on 41.8 percent shooting from the field and 32.7 percent shooting from behind the arc.
Turner also noted that both Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have interest in joining the Lakers Both players could provide the playmaking that Dinwiddie does with Lowry also surpassing his shooting ability and adding a much higher level of impact defensively. All of this seems to be pointing towards an exit for Dennis Schröder in free agency.
Dinwiddie could potentially earn a much higher payday than the Lakers could provide elsewhere and he may not be willing to give up too much money to make an LA return. The Lakers could pay him a higher salary through a sign and trade but is he the level of player that they would be comfortable hard capping themselves for?
As always it’s also important to note that the Lakers’ stature in the NBA means their interest in players is often used as leverage for free agents to earn bigger contracts elsewhere. Everything should be taken with a grain of salt.