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Would the Nets Be Wise to Sell High on Dinwiddie?

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Spencer Dinwiddie is more than a “tech guy with a jump shot”. In fact, he’s been the starting point guard for the Brooklyn Nets for the past 16 games. Not only has Dinwiddie flourished individually, the team is 11-5 during that stretch as well. With a career-high in points (22.1) and a near career-high in assists (6.2) per game, Dinwiddie is making a strong case to be an all-star for the first time in his career. He continued this narrative by dropping 41 points in last night’s tough loss to the Spurs.

 

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Spencer’s recent stretch of games has him in all-star conversation, but could it also have him in future trade discussions? With his season numbers vastly improved from last season in where he averaged nearly 17 points and 5 assists per game, Dinwiddie’s stock is rising around the association. Teams searching for a starting point guard should have Spencer Dinwiddie on their respected radars. The six-year pro is proving with every passing game that he is worthy of being a starting caliber point guard in this league.

It is evident that Kyrie Irving will return sooner rather than later from his shoulder injury. Once Kyrie is officially back, Dinwiddie will be forced to return to his original role as sixth man. How will Dinwiddie respond to the demotion to the bench?

Let’s recap who was mainly responsible for the acquisition of Kyrie in free agency. Oh yeah, it was Spencer Dinwiddie, who helped the Nets land the superstar and bring him back home. Mission accomplished.

This brings up a difficult question for the front office: Should the Nets consider trading Dinwiddie?

He has been a good soldier during his tenure with the Nets. He has improved his overall game and this recent stretch of games as a starter proves so. Acquiring Spencer from the Bulls G-League affiliate was one of the first moves that general manager Sean Marks made. The Nets and Dinwiddie should forever be thankful for a successful marriage.

By trading Dinwiddie, whether during or after the season, could convince him to think of the possible trade as a thank you from the organization. By moving on to a different team, Dinwiddie would probably be presented with an opportunity to start. Given the role of starter comes the well-deserved pay day. With both Kyrie and KD signed to their respective deals, the Nets may not have what it takes to keep Dinwiddie around much longer after his contract expires.

The Nets will look to bounce back tomorrow night when they host the 6-23 Atlanta Hawks.

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