It took several days, but the Wizards have found their next starting point guard in free agency, as they agreed to a deal to acquire Spencer Dinwiddie from the Nets via sign-and-trade. The news was first reported by The Athletic and confirmed by NBC Sports Washington.
Dinwiddie will make $62 million on a three-year contract with Washington, who will send a 2024 second round pick and a 2025 second round pick swap to Brooklyn to complete the deal. The Wizards will also send a 2022 second round pick and Chandler Hutchison to the Spurs. Those details were first reported by ESPN.
The deal will also be attached to the trade involving the Lakers and Pacers that shipped Russell Westbrook to Los Angeles and Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma, plus Aaron Holiday and a second round pick to the Wizards.
Dinwiddie, 28, joins the Wizards after missing all but three games last season due to a partially torn ACL. He has not appeared in a game since having surgery to repair the injury.
The Wizards, though, must feel confident he can return to the player he was two years ago when he averaged a career-high 20.6 points per game in 2019-20. From 2017 to 2020 across three seasons, Dinwiddie averaged 16.4 points and 6.0 assists while shooting 41.5% from the field and 32.3% from three.
Dinwiddie is known for developing from a second round pick in 2014 into a reliable scorer, but also for his defense. At 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, he's big and physical defender. In 2019-20, he helped the Nets put together the ninth-ranked defense in the NBA.
Dinwiddie will now slide in as the projected starter for the Wizards alongside All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal. He will replace Westbrook, who played one season in Washington before going to L.A.