Spencer Dinwiddie Set To Become Extension-Eligible

Spencer Dinwiddie first signed with the Nets on December 8, 2016. That means Diwiddie will become eligible for a contract extension on Saturday, the two-year anniversary of his initial signing. And that fact hasn’t been lost on him. As Michael Scotto of The Athletic noted last week (via Twitter), Dinwiddie recently issued a lengthy statement to reporters about his contract situation.

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“I’d love to have an extension. I’d love to be here for a long time,” Dinwiddie said. “If I don’t get an extension, I’ll be looking forward to unrestricted free agency and going through the season trying to help the Nets win games as much as possible. Either I’m going to sign an extension or I’m going to be an unrestricted free agent, simple as that. The ball is very much in [GM] Sean Marks and the Nets’ court.

“Everybody knows what my extension number is: Four [years] for $47.5MM,” Dinwiddie continued. “It is well documented. You can’t go above. It’s not like I’m really looking to go below. It is what it is. I’ll find out when you guys find out. We’ll either see something on the ESPN ticker that says ‘Spencer Dinwiddie offered $47.5MM from the Brooklyn Nets,’ and then you guys will know how much money my bank account has at that moment in time.”

As Dinwiddie suggests, contract extensions for players on modest deals like his are limited to a starting salary worth up to 120% of the NBA’s estimated average salary. Based on this season’s numbers, that means that a Dinwiddie extension would start at $10.61MM and would be worth $47.51MM over four years.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski recently said that the Nets have a number in mind for Dinwiddie, which makes it sound as if the club doesn’t plan on putting that maximum amount on the table. But based on the point guard’s candid comments, it sure sounds like he doesn’t have much interest in an extension that pays him less than that full amount ($47.5MM over four years).

Sources told Brian Lewis of The New York Post last week that the 25-year-old, who is in the midst of a career year, could likely command more than that in free agency, so his stance makes sense.

Could Dinwiddie’s asking price come down? Could the Nets relent and offer the full $47.5MM? Anything is possible, but there’s one big reason not to expect the two sides to come to terms on an in-season extension.

The Nets project to have a significant amount of cap room next summer, and extending Dinwiddie would cut into that space substantially. His cap hold as a free agent will only be about $1.6MM, which means Brooklyn could keep that hold on its books, hanging onto Dinwiddie’s Bird rights, then go over the cap to re-sign him after using the rest of its space on other players. That’s exactly what the team did this past offseason with Joe Harris, who was in a similar position. Extending Dinwiddie during the season would increase his projected cap hit from $1.6MM to $10.61MM, cutting into the Nets’ flexibility.

On the other hand, if the Nets don’t make an effort to extend Dinwiddie during the season, it might increase his interest in exploring the market when he becomes a free agent. And since he’ll be unrestricted, Brooklyn wouldn’t necessarily be able to keep him in July.

Plus, even if they were to extend Dinwiddie at the price he wants, the Nets could still create $50MM+ in cap room next summer, and would avoid heading into the offseason with uncertainty surrounding both Dinwiddie and RFA-to-be D’Angelo Russell. Maybe it’d be worth it for the Nets to lock in Dinwiddie at a reasonable rate if they don’t believe they’d have a realistic chance at two max free agents on the open market anyway.

There are no simple or easy answers for the Nets with Dinwiddie, so it will be a situation worth watching starting on December 8.

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9 thoughts on “Spencer Dinwiddie Set To Become Extension-Eligible

  1. x%sure

    Neither Dinwiddie nor Russell have done themselves any favors by losing seven in a row with Levert out. I’m thinking that Russell should not be a floor leader, that he needs to play with a bigger-name player to set the pace. Or, just be the 2G. Or, one needs to go, because Levert is probably not done being injured.

    Like I’ve said, Dins has better stats, but Russell can better draw a FA, if an opportunity comes up that makes a difference.

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    • charlie15

      Watching Russell play in clutch moments is one of the most embarrassing things I’ve ever seen. He has no idea what he’s doing. You’re right he needs a superstar to play with.
      I do want to keep dinwiddie just because the energy and effort he brings, and a good solid stat line, but I think russell needs to go

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      • Guest617

        since when have the nets been in a clutch situation? 1993

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  2. cesc

    Dinwiddie ain’t worthy 4/47.5… if he can find a bad FO that’ll pay him that good for him, I wouldn’t want him on my team for that price, that’s for sure.

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    • bush1

      Are you familiar with all the massive crappy contracts in the NBA? Dinwiddie at that contract seems like a fair deal for the Nets for sure. He’s a very solid all around player.

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    • reece

      That’s fair to me. 4 yrs around 47 million. That means he’s looking for 12-13 million annually. That would put him in Jordan Clarkson territory, as far as contract goes. Thats reasonable compared to the many other overpaid players.

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  3. reece

    Id resign Dinwiddie. The Nets are still asset based. The more trade chips they have, the better. Dinwiddie isn’t asking for much.

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  4. bush1

    The Nets aren’t getting 2 max guys anyway. Like what Max guys are going out of their way to sign with the Nets? Lol

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    • natsfan3437

      Only way they get a player to go there on a max is if they overpay a fringe all star.

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