Houston Rockets trade target #2: Spencer Dinwiddie
In this trade, the Rockets send Tucker and Danuel House to the Brooklyn Nets, giving them more shooting and defense, the latter of which they are in dire need of, as they’ve allowed 119.7 points since the James Harden trade and don’t exactly have the ability to make many improvements via trade, as they sent away perhaps their best assets to acquire Harden.
The best piece the Nets have left to trade is Spencer Dinwiddie, who suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in just the third game of the 2020-21 season. Dinwiddie presents a 6-foot-5 combo guard, who is just one year removed from averaging 20.6 points and 6.8 assists, finishing 15th in total assists.
Dinwiddie ranked seventh in assists in his first year as a starter in 2017-18, further proving his ability to be a facilitator and create offense for others, and averaged 16.8 points in 2018-19. The 27-year-old could be a quality add, although he wouldn’t be able to contribute this season due to the aforementioned injury.
If there was an area that Dinwiddie struggles in, it’s his 3-point shooting, as he holds a career average of 31.8 percent, and made just 30.8 percent on 6.3 attempts last season. To his credit, Dinwiddie made 37.6 percent of his treys in 2016-17, although on just 1.7 attempts.
Dinwiddie holds a $12.3 million player option for next season, which he almost certainly will exercise, as the injury likely hurt his value around the league. This means the Houston Rockets would be able to use the 2021-22 season to determine if a long-term deal should be in the cards, or allow Dinwiddie to use the first half of next season to improve his value and deal him for assets at the deadline.
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