The following article is pure fantasy speculation and fun. These ideas are not based on any news reports or interviews but would be really cool to see in my opinion. None of these trades take salary cap into consideration, and are intended to benefit the Nets or Spencer Dinwiddie when possible. Please feel free to share any of your ideas for what you would like to see.
Spencer Dinwiddie has been playing like an all-star this season, particularly in the absence of Kyrie Irving, which leads to this question. Should the Nets hold onto Dinwiddie, or are they better off moving him? On the season, he is averaging 21.2 points per game on 42% shooting, along with 6.5 assists. His scoring and assists numbers are skewed slightly, as he averages greater than those numbers in games Kyrie misses and averages less than those numbers in games that Kyrie plays. Not to mention his strength and length at the guard position, and his overall defensive ability. Nonetheless, all-star numbers in the absence of Kyrie.
The issue is that the Nets are 1-2 role players away from contending this year before Kevin Durant comes back from injury. Dinwiddie is a fantastic player to have, but the Nets backcourt is a bit crowded between Kyrie, Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, Caris Levert, and other guards. In my opinion, the ideal position that the Nets could improve at is the wing. They should target a player that is a strong defender and is a solid shooter to pair with Joe Harris, serving as an upgrade to Taurean Prince. So let’s look at where Dinwiddie could be shipped to if the Nets were looking to upgrade.
If Dinwiddie was paired with Prince, I could see Toronto being a team that the Nets look into. It may not be an upgrade perse for the Nets, but acquiring Normal Powell and OG Anunoby would fill some needs for the Nets, as Powell is shooting 41% from 3 and averaging over a steal per game, and Anunoby is shooting 37% from 3 and averaging over a steal as well. Anunoby also provides great length, athleticism, and defensive ability on the wing, which is precisely what Brooklyn needs. The only caveat to this deal is that Toronto already has a strong backcourt of Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet, so sending Dinwiddie there would likely put him in a similar role where he can’t flourish.
Potential trade pieces in OKC include Danilo Gallinari, Terrance Ferguson, or Hamidou Diallo. Realistically, the most likely trade would be just Dinwiddie straight up for Gallinari, or both Dinwiddie and Prince for him. Gallinari is averaging 19 points per game this year on 41% 3 point shooting and is a proven scorer in a variety of ways. Acquiring Gallinari would fulfill the shooting upgrade at the wing position for the Nets, but it wouldn’t address defense at all. If defense is a priority, Terrance Ferguson and Hamidou Diallo are decent options who would provide youth and length for the Nets. This deal would have a similar downside as the Toronto trade would, being that Dinwiddie would have to be mixed in with Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Once again, Portland already has a busy backcourt with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, but just imagine a starting lineup next year of Kyrie, Joe Harris, Rodney Hood, Kevin Durant, and Jarrett Allen. Not only is Hood a career 37% 3 point shooter, but he is 6’8 and capable of playing at the small forward position. The Nets would have 3 starters who can create their own shot (Kyrie, KD, and Hood), 3 starters 6’8 or taller (Hood, KD, and Allen), and they would have arguably the best knockdown 3 point shooter in today’s game in Joe Harris.
If I was the Nets, I would inquire about Danny Green. He is similar to Joe Harris, being a knockdown perimeter shooter, but he is also an upgrade defensively. LA could certainly use Dinwiddie as a starting point guard to relieve Lebron of ballhandling duties when needed, and I imagine they would also throw in a prospect or draft pick if the Nets included Prince, Harris, or another second piece. Unlike the first few destinations, this one would benefit the team Dinwiddie would be sent to quite significantly, as Dinwiddie is an upgrade over Rajon Rondo, Kentavius Caldwell-Pope, Avery Bradley, and even Alex Caruso.
I would love to see this trade mainly because I am a huge Suns fan. Ricky Rubio is a good starting point guard, but I think Dinwiddie could bring something that has been missing in Phoenix for a while. Dinwiddie can help provide a lethal 1-2 punch on the perimeter with Devin Booker, while DeAndre Ayton continues to develop as a dominant interior scorer. Dinwiddie provides length and shooting that Rubio doesn’t possess, and would certainly provide matchup problems alongside Devin Booker. As far as improving Brooklyn, Mikal Bridges would be a decent wing prospect to target as he averages 1.4 steals per game and has a 7’1 wingspan. However, I think Brooklyn would expect more in exchange for Dinwiddie and would probably target Kelly Oubre, who is averaging 18 points, shooting 34% from 3, 1.4 steals, and .8 blocks per game this year. He also brings many intangibles such as energy and hustle, which transcends the stat sheet and makes him a great fit for Brooklyn.
Once more, the Houston backcourt is crowded between James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Eric Gordon, but they do have an enticing prospect for Brooklyn to look at. Danuel House is 6’6, shoots 37% from downtown, and averages over a steal per game. He would be a good fit for Brooklyn as he is a very willing defender and knows his role offensively. Looking at all of these potential ideas, House could actually be the best fit in Brooklyn’s system because of his willingness to defend and unselfishness offensively.
Out of the proposed trade scenarios, my preference would be to see the Dinwiddie for Oubre trade with Phoenix. I think that doing so would provide both teams with exactly what they need moving forward as Oubre would bring offensive skill, defensive ability, energy, and leadership to the Nets, and Dinwiddie would take a lot of pressure off of Booker in ways Rubio can’t because of his ability to stretch the floor with accuracy.
Please share any thoughts or ideas. Different ideas and criticisms are welcome.