The Russell Westbrook blockbuster might have influence ripples that attain north all the way in which to Brooklyn.
The Wizards are reportedly eyeing Spencer Dinwiddie, with the Nets free agent level guard doubtlessly within the combine to get moved in a sign-and-trade.
Whereas Washington shipped Westbrook to the Lakers, becoming a member of LeBron James and Anthony Davis in a Large Three to rival Brooklyn’s, the deal might produce other implications for the Nets. Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell may very well be rerouted to the Nets as a way to purchase Dinwiddie, in accordance with BetMGM.
After the Nets completed their draft, common supervisor Sean Marks was predictably coy about any potential trades. However he was stuffed with reward for Dinwiddie, who has recovered from a partially-torn ACL within the third sport of this previous season and averaged a career-high 20.6 factors the 12 months earlier than.
“It’s tough to debate the hypotheticals. It seems like extra concerning the upcoming trades and so forth than I do,” Marks mentioned jokingly when requested concerning the purported deal. “However we’ve been centered on the draft proper now.
“Spencer clearly being a pending free agent, we’ll have to attend for the correct time to speak to him and discuss to his brokers and his individuals, and we’ll determine what’s greatest for each Spencer and the Nets. And if there’s one thing to be carried out the place he’s returning, terrific. If there’s not and he’s shifting on, look, we want Spencer all the very best. He’s been nothing however a professional his complete time right here and to be fairly frank, he deserves the correct to be a free agent.”
Dinwiddie turned a free agent by opting out of the ultimate $12 million 12 months on his contract. He has brazenly mentioned whereas he would re-sign if the Nets supplied him 5 years and $125 million, he feels his comps are the four-year, $85 million offers that Malcolm Brogdon and Fred VanVleet received.
Marks wouldn’t brazenly hazard a guess on Dinwiddie’s market. However he positive seems like he is aware of it will likely be pretty excessive.
“Properly, I believe that will get again to the work that Spencer has put in,” Marks mentioned. “I can’t inform you what his market goes to be. I can hypothetically have a stab at it. However the good factor for him is he’s doubtless in line for generational cash and he deserves it. He’s put in plenty of work and we clearly are very joyful for anyone that’s carried out that, and deservedly so.”
Marks gushed over departing assistant Mike D’Antoni, who stepped away from his assistant job and gained’t be a part of the crew in any capability.
“He was an incredible and is an incredible, superb coach, and even higher particular person,” Marks mentioned. “Our time right here with Mike and studying from him over the previous 12 months was unbelievable what that what he delivered to our group was completely terrific. Everyone knows how shut Steve [Nash] and Mike are. And he introduced a dimension to our group that we’ll definitely miss, for sure.
“However we want him properly. We want his household properly in no matter their endeavors. Look, they’re all the time welcome again across the Nets, round us. However I believe in the interim, as Mike’s talked about to us, it’s household first. He’s having fun with his household, his spouse, Laurel, and we and we want them properly.”
Facilities Jeff Inexperienced and Blake Griffin are each unrestricted free brokers. Regardless of the Nets drafting North Carolina’s 6-foot-11, 265 pound Day’Ron Sharpe within the first spherical, Marks mentioned he needs to re-sign each 30-something veterans.
“I believe these guys have carried out an incredible job for us and would like to carry them again. Love them to be round,” Marks mentioned. “I believe that’s one thing we’ll simply need to see how every little thing settles subsequent week after we’re capable of actually get in entrance of all people and see the place it settles.
“However for what these two delivered to our group, not solely on the court docket, what you guys didn’t see is behind the scenes, each the consummate professionals, superb within the locker room and a pleasure to be round. I can’t communicate excessive sufficient of both Blake or Jeff and what they [brought], not solely what hopefully their time was nice however our time with them and what we discovered from them as properly.”