“Being able to co-lead a team with Beal, and also learn from a guy who’s at a level that I’m not at yet — superstar Bradley Beal — it’s an extremely attractive place to be,” Dinwiddie told reporters, via Sameer Kumar of FortyEightMinutes.
Beal will always be the face of the Wizards. But offseason moves have brought in plenty of assistance.
Along with Dinwiddie, the Wizards have landed small forward Kyle Kuzma, shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, forward/center Montrezl Harrell and point guard Aaron Holiday. Guard/forward Corey Kispert was also added via the NBA Draft.
In the process, Washington dealt Russell Westbrook to the Lakers — makig Dinwiddie the new sidekick to Beal. And Dinwiddie was clear about his role.
“I don’t think (Beal) is going to experience any on-court friction from me,” Dinwiddie said. “We know what it is. He can score the ball in waves and do some special things out there.
“It’s my job to get out the way when I need to get out the way and try to help enhance whenever I can help enhance.”
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.
His new contract is reportedly for three years and in the neighboorhood of $60 million.
Now that all that is settled, he just wants to be the best he can be and help the Wizards take another step under new coach Wes Unseld Jr. Last season, they made it to the playoffs. This year, they appear to be even deeper.
And Dinwiddie is among the reasons for renewed optimism.
“What I want to be known for is winning, and that’s what I hope to bring to the franchise,” he said.