If the Pelicans can’t land Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry in free agency, then may set their sights on Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, per Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.
Interestingly, we heard the same thing about the Heat on Monday, via a report from Barry Jackson and Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald.
Dinwiddie has also been linked to the Lakers, but again, primarily as a Plan B to Lowry and several others.
The Pelicans agreed to trade Monday that will send Eric Bledsoe and center Steven Adams to the Grizzlies in exchange for center Jonas Valanciunas. The teams also exchanged some picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft, including the No. 10 (to Memphis) and No. 17 (to New Orleans).
Without Bledsoe, the Pelicans will have to find some additional help in the backcourt. That’s especially the case considering the futures of guards Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart appear to be very much up in the air, as both players are restricted free agents.
This is all something Fischer addressed while touching on the topic of Dinwiddie.
“It’s believed New Orleans … would have its sights set on Spencer Dinwiddie should Lowry choose to play elsewhere,” Fischer wrote. “The spinning of that point guard carousel will surely impact the landing spots for Lonzo Ball and (Lakers point guard) Dennis Schroder, too.”
Dinwiddie, 28, is 6-foot-5 and averaged career-highs of 20.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in 64 games during the 2019-20 season. He missed all but the first few games last season after suffering a torn ACL.
A return to the Nets isn’t said to be out of the question for Dinwiddie, though those prospects are becoming increasingly unlikely, it seems.
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