Spencer Dinwiddie is eligible to receive a four-year contract extension from the Brooklyn Nets worth a maximum of $47.5 million.
It’s surprising the Nets have yet to lock Dinwiddie up. The 25-year old guard is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Brooklyn could sign Dinwiddie to a cheaper deal than what he’d be offered on the open market. That’s a hell of a calculated risk general manager Sean Marks would be taking.
While Dinwiddie’s contract situation looms as a subplot to Brooklyn’s season, the show must go on for both sides.
The Nets, coming off back-to-back wins last weekend over the Raptors and Knicks, hit the road for a matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Dinwiddie, back in his sixth man role, is done talking about the contract extension. He’s instead, letting his play do the talking.
Brooklyn won their third in a row with a quality 127-124 win over the Sixers, Wednesday night.
The 76ers, playing without an injured Jimmy Butler, had no answer for Dinwiddie. He came off the bench and scored a career-high 39 points on 11 of 18 shooting from the field. Dinwiddie was also 4 of 6 from behind the three-point line. He did all of this in 30 minutes of game action.
Dinwiddie is a huge reason why the Nets are enjoying their second three-game win streak of the season.
The vibe around team appears to be upbeat. Winning will do that for a team three games removed from an eight-game losing streak.
Confident is another word which can be associated with Brooklyn lately. The team has shown improvement in rebounding and points in the paint.
But Dinwiddie is the heart and soul of this team. He exemplifies everything good about Brooklyn’s development program.
It takes awareness to play the point guard position, Dinwiddie has plenty of that.
So, while it’s surprising he hasn’t received a contract extension, he’s well aware that as long as he continues to excel on the court, his well-deserved payday is coming.