Saturday, Dec. 8, was significant for Spencer Dinwiddie because he celebrated the birthdays of his grandmother and brother, the official release date of his K8IROS 8.1 sneaker line and the second anniversary of his signing with the Nets. As it happened, that also was the date Dinwiddie officially became eligible for a four-year contract extension worth a maximum of $47.5 million, but there was no celebration on that count because no contract offer was received from the Nets.
Asked before the Nets faced the Knicks if his agent, Raymond Brothers, had received an offer from Nets general manager Sean Marks, Dinwiddie smiled and shrugged. “I haven’t talked to my agent and Sean,” he said. “Nothing has happened. Right now, I’m looking forward to free agency.”
Marks declined to comment before the game on whether there have been any negotiations. But the opening of the free-agency period is a long way off on July 1, 2019, so there is plenty of time for the Nets to reach agreement with a player they plucked out of the G League.
As a prime example of the success of their development program, it would seem important that the Nets sign him. Last summer, they reached an agreement with free agent Joe Harris before July 1, and then he waited to sign to preserve cap room.
That could be a risk with Dinwiddie because several teams will seek a quality point guard. “Theoretically, as an unrestricted free agent, I could sign for anything,” Dinwiddie said.
Kenny Atkinson clearly considers Dinwiddie a vital part of the organization by the way he uses him to help close games. “Big speed,” Atkinson said of Dinwiddie’s driving skill. “His ability to get downhill and get past people is a big reason why we trust him.”
Now the Nets must decide how much that is worth.