Dinwiddie Extension Good News For Rozier, Russell?

League executives at last week’s G League Showcase in Las Vegas were “raving” about the Nets‘ deal to lock up Spencer Dinwiddie to a three-year, $34.3MM extension, comparing it to the Clippers‘ three-year, $24MM agreement with Lou Williams, writes ESPN’s Bobby Marks (Insider-only link).

According to Marks, two teams he spoke to in Vegas had Dinwiddie ranked as the third-best point guard in the 2019 free agent class before he signed his extension, placing him behind only Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker. That would have put Dinwiddie ahead of younger players like Terry Rozier (Celtics) and D’Angelo Russell (Nets), both of whom are on track for restricted free agency.

Rozier and Russell should benefit from Dinwiddie’s deal, since it takes one of 2019’s top FA point guards off the board and could create additional competition for their services. According to Marks, league execs in Vegas last week identified the Magic and Suns as probable suitors for Rozier and Russell, though the Celtics and Nets will have the upper hand until an offer sheet is on the table.

Here’s more from Marks:

  • Teams are monitoring Markelle Fultz, not just to keep an eye on his health and future, but also to see how Fultz’s status will impact Sixers teammate T.J. McConnell, according to Marks. McConnell is headed for unrestricted free agency and is unlikely to get an in-season extension if Philadelphia intends to maximize its 2019 cap room. McConnell could command a salary in the $5-7MM range, Marks notes.
  • Teams around the NBA believe there could be a strong group of buyout candidates available later this season. According to Marks, the veteran players that clubs are keeping an eye on include Carmelo Anthony, Robin Lopez, Zach Randolph, Anthony Tolliver, Enes Kanter, Kenneth Faried, Jerryd Bayless, Iman Shumpert, Kosta Koufos, Alec Burks, J.R. Smith, and Jabari Parker. Some of those vets may be traded and some figure to remain with their current teams, but I could definitely see several of them ending up on the buyout market.
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6 thoughts on “Dinwiddie Extension Good News For Rozier, Russell?

  1. imindless

    Rozier wont get as much as dinwiddle. To be honest he is largely overrated and is pretty much an undersized volume scorer who lacks efficiency but any celtics fan would tell you he’s the next great one.

    • x%sure

      @jH- Irving/Rozier the new James/Irving

      @imin- Rozier’s been kind of wild. Apparently he can get that drive-and-pullup at the key corner anytime he wants; but does he even practice making it?

      Iman Shumpert still on the trading block?? Jokes from recent news:
      This will depend on a Divac thought process; maybe they don’t deserve him. link to hoopsrumors.com
      I think Marks’ source is Joerger’s FO rival.
      link to hoopsrumors.com

  2. Johnny h

    You could def look at his numbers as a starter (especially in 2018 playoffs) and see him as a guy who plays better with more opportunity

  3. The RFA market can be a game of chicken, where relative value plays only a part. The goal is to get the home team to decline to match. Since most teams hate the look of not matching, you have to be prepared to overpay, and, even with that, look for the right circumstances.

    IMO, this makes Rozier the potential RFA PG market maker (and maybe the overall RFA market maker) – assuming KI re-ups with the Celts. Russell may be the more talented player, but the Nets are likely match almost any offer sheet for Russell. Boston, if they max KI, is in a different position. Matching an overpay offer sheet with a trade kicker (book it) might be a bit too much. Russell, at that point, won’t care about Dinwiddie’s contract, because he’ll try and piggyback on Rozier’s inflated one, and down the line.

  4. Guest617

    every year desperate gm’s do desperate things – based on last yrs playoffs rozier could get a nice raise, as a back-up he’s been been a dud

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