Brooklyn Nets Trade Targets to Replace Spencer Dinwiddie
While the Nets have an embarrassment of riches at the lead ball handler spot, Spencer Dinwiddie partially tearing his ACL is a significant loss. Despite seeming to be underutilized, he was key to helping the Nets play at their preferred breakneck pace. Having the third ball handler helps the Nets thrive in transition and surround KD and Kyrie with smart players.
They could easily slot Caris LeVert into this role but then their whole bench unit becomes compromised and depth no longer becomes a strength. Other in-house candidates like Landry Shamet or Bruce Brown make sense to get the promotion, maybe even a wing like Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot could thrive in that role.
Clearly Coach Steve Nash has a tough decision to make for the time being. However, I think this is a golden opportunity for the Nets to improve. There are a few players out there who while are not quite as good as Dinwiddie, are pretty close, and could provide better complimentary play.
George Hill makes too much sense in this role. Last year he led the league in three-point percentage at 46%, his volume is lower than what is preferred but I am confident Coaches Nash and Mike D’Antoni will encourage that to increase. He is also a super steady ball handling presence and a good defender. He provides all of the complementary aspects that pair best with stars.
Hill is not as good as Dinwiddie in a vacuum, but there is a very real chance that he would be better than Dinwiddie in this role.
Terry Rozier is a tougher trade to make work but it could be worth the pain. Last year Rozier shot 43% on roughly 10 threes per 100 possessions, he’s already had a game with 10 made threes this year, and he provides similar ball handling/scoring aspects that Dinwiddie provided. Not to mention he is a pretty solid defender as well.
Rozier makes just under $19 Million so the Nets would need to add on to the $12 Million of filler salary Taurean Prince starts with. The deal I presented would likely only work if the Hornets were looking to clear Rozier’s future salary and his spot in the guard rotation.
The Hornets could push for more but Rozier’s market is just so hard to predict for so many reasons -- the general population did not expect him to be anywhere close to worth his contract so his valuation is tough, who even knows if Charlotte is trying to win or not (and how much Rozier really helps a bad team win is in question), and who knows if Charlotte values his complimentary play next to their other young guards or if they want to clear minutes for LaMelo. Regardless, Rozier would be a quality addition for the Brooklyn Nets.