Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Report: Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie partially tears ACL

Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 27: Spencer Dinwiddie #26 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the game against the Charlotte Hornets on December 27, 2020 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. 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 Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

NBAE via Getty Images

Even while emerging into a quality starter, Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie recruited star point guard Kyrie Irving. Irving joined Brooklyn in a package deal with Kevin Durant, another ball-dominant star. Dinwiddie pledged to take a glue-guy role.

But just as the super-charged Nets are getting off the ground, Dinwiddie suffered an ACL injury.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Dinwiddie missing the rest of the season would be a blow to the Nets, who have championship aspirations. Though not fully unleashed playing with Irving, Dinwiddie is a borderline-All-Star level of player. He also played point guard while Irving sat.

Landry Shamet could move into the starting lineup. As an off-ball 3-point-shooting specialist, he’d fit more cleanly. Or Caris LeVert could start. Brooklyn could also slide Joe Harris from small forward to shooting guard, opening frontcourt options.

Reserves like Taurean Prince, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Bruce Brown and Tyler Johnson can step into large roles. The Nets have good depth.

Dinwiddie has a $12,302,496 player option for next season. That’s a helpful fallback. Dinwiddie also tore his left ACL in college. But I suspect the 27-year-old can still earn more in unrestricted free agency.-

Though a James Harden-Brooklyn trade already seemed unlikely, this is another roadblock to a deal between the Nets and Rockets.