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NBA Free Agency 2021: Spencer Dinwiddie appears to be the Wizards’ top target at point guard

There’s a reason why I’m sluggish on a Kyle Kuzma or Montrezl Harrell analysis piece. The Wizards’ apparent interest in the Nets guard is why.

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Spencer Dinwiddie may be heading to Washington soon in a sign-and-trade deal.
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Since the Washington Wizards traded Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers it is painfully obvious that they need a player who can be a starting point guard ... unless they plan on moving Bradley Beal to that position.

The biggest name in the rumor mill happens to be Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie. According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Wizards and Nets could have a sign-and-trade deal that sends him to Washington in exchange for some combination of players that the Wizards acquired in the Westbrook deal, namely Kyle Kuzma or Montrezl Harrell. Sure, Kuzma and Harrell publicly said they were happy to be Wizards players, but their positions overlap with other players who have been Washington’s priorities, like Rui Hachimura, Daniel Gafford and Thomas Bryant.

However, it’s far from a guarantee that Dinwiddie, who averaged 20.6 points and 6.8 assists in the 2019-20 NBA season (he only played three games last year due to an ACL tear) will be a Wizard. Several teams are pursuing him as it is like the Nets who want to keep him outright. According to Fred Katz and Shams Charania of The Athletic (subscription required), the Nets don’t feel that getting Harrell and Kuzma is sufficient for them to give up Dinwiddie.

It will be interesting to see how the Wizards’ race to sign a point guard goes, since they may be forced to overpay for someone given how glaring the weakness is. If the Wizards can’t sign Dinwiddie or another point guard at a reasonable contract, do you think they should just have Beal start at the position? Or should they let Aaron Holiday be the starter? Let us know your thoughts on all of this in the comments below.