NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 22: Spencer Dinwiddie #26 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles during the … [+]
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie’s name continues to surface in trade talks leading into the March 25 deadline.
The great Marc Stein of the New York Times said on his Lockerroom show Friday that he expects Dinwiddie to be moved by then. Sources I’ve spoken with have said similar things, and it would be surprising if Dinwiddie is still a Net by the end of the deadline.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has hinted on his podcast that Brooklyn could seek a defensive wing in return for Dinwiddie. The Nets have a strong roster — with Kevin Durant (hamstring) and Blake Griffin (knee) still on the mend — but they could also use another big man. And another shooter wouldn’t hurt either.
SNY’s Ian Begley has recently reported that Detroit and Miami both have interest in Dinwiddie.
Dinwiddie is currently rehabbing his partial ACL tear. A pending free agent at season’s end — assuming he declines his $12.3 million player option for 2021-22, as expected — Dinwiddie is seeking both a long-term deal and a significant role with his next team.
The Nets are already committed to max deals for stars Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden, so it’s difficult to see where Dinwiddie fits into the equation financially. Plus, Brooklyn has already signaled a willingness to go all-in this season. And there’s certainly no reason to stop now. Players linked to the Nets include Andre Drummond and JaVale McGee.
James Harden followed up his brilliant, 42-minute, 40-point, 15-assist, 10-rebound performance on Wednesday in Indiana with a rare stinker on Friday in Orlando.
Harden was in foul trouble early, and went just 4-for-16 from the field. Still, he managed to throw a remarkable full-court alley-oop pass to Nic Claxton as Brooklyn was mounting its comeback early in the fourth quarter. Even more impressive may have been his primal roar from the bench afterwards.
Again, if anyone deserves some load management, it’s No. 13. All these minutes may be understandably catching up the Nets’ workhorse just a bit.
I did think it was interesting that Steve Nash challenged Harden’s fourth foul. It looked like a clear foul, but Harden protested. Nash may have been simply rewarding Harden for all his hard work. Always nice when your coach has your back, even if you’re wrong.
Magic 121, Nets 109 came down to the 3-point stripe. Orlando hit 21 3-pointers, while Brooklyn missed 27 3-pointers. Aaron Gordon went 7-for-8 from downtown, while Joe Harris (50 percent from 3-point range coming in) missed 10 triples. It was one of those nights. … The Nets are 14-2 in their last 16 games, but they have to keep getting after it defensively. They nearly overcome a 19-point deficit in the fourth, but couldn’t knock down open shots late. … Irving recorded 43 points in another riveting performance. … In the last two games, DeAndre Jordan is minus-29 and Claxton is plus-30. It’s just one stat. But the eye test backs it up. Teams would be wise to call Brooklyn about Claxton. And the Nets would probably be just as wise to hang up.
I have covered New York sports as a beat reporter and columnist for various outlets including ESPN, Yahoo Sports and the New York Daily News since 2010.