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Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie says he’ll let fans pick his next team if they raise nearly $25M

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: Spencer Dinwiddie #26 of the Brooklyn Nets brings the ball up court during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on March 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Credit: 2020 NBAE (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LeBron James – according to legend, though never corroborated and sometimes outright refuted – had a clause in his shoe contract that paid him more if he joined a large-market team like the Knicks or Lakers.

Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie took that type of thinking, added a lighthearted Twitter conversation and launched a wild plan.


Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Dinwiddie explains a major issue with this plan while announcing it: What if NBA teams participate? That’d be clear salary-cap circumvention on their part.

Is Dinwiddie responsible for that just because he set up the fundraiser? Maybe, maybe not.

Dinwiddie likes to push the limit on what the NBA allows contractually.

Another complication: Dinwiddie can’t become a free agent until 2021, and that’d require declining a $12,302,496 player option. But he never put a timeline on his plan.

Dinwiddie even set up a GoFundMe:

I’m simply creating this GoFundMe as my commitment to my previous tweets. As of now 2625.8 BTC is roughly equivalent to $24,632,630 USD. If we hit the target then I will allow the fan base to determine my next team decision and sign a one year contract at that destination. If we do not hit the target goal then I will be donating 100% of this campaign to charity. Fan engagement comes in all shapes and sizes, lets have fun folks!

That explanation gives the game away.

The odds of Dinwiddie raising that much money are too small to fret over. This is a charity drive disguised as self-promotion.