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Spencer Dinwiddie excited to begin his journey with the Wizards, explains his $1 championship bonus

Washington’s newest starting point guard spoke with the media on Monday.

Spencer Dinwiddie is ready to make an impact for the Washington Wizards in his own way.
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On Monday evening, Washington Wizards guard Spencer Dinwiddie spoke with the media in a press conference for the first time since he was part of a five-team trade where he will be in Washington on a three-year, $62 million contract.

According to Keith Smith of Sportrac and SB Nation’s CelticsBlog, his contract is only partially guaranteed for $10 million in the 2023-24 season.

Furthermore, he has an interesting bonus if the Wizards win a championship. He will get an extra dollar, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN. The contract also becomes fully guaranteed in 2023-24 if he plays at least 50 games this season and next.

Going back to the press conference, Dinwiddie was asked about the $1 championship bonus, which seems peculiar. After all NBA players make a lot of money and winning championship shouldn’t just be for $1, right? His reply? He’d take this bonus in the form of 100 pennies!

There are also some more highlights that Dinwiddie had during his availability. He described his free agency journey this past summer as a game of “musical chairs.” With the Brooklyn Nets, his previous team, Dinwiddie would have likely been relegated to the bench as a sixth man if he were healthy for the entire season. He also didn’t consider Washington as a destination initially, because Russell Westbrook was here last season and under contract. But once Westbrook wanted to get traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Wizards appeared to be a natural fit.

Dinwiddie is also aware of the role he is taking as the Wizards’ point guard. For nearly 20 years, the starting point guard has been an All-Star and major franchise figure. Gilbert Arenas was one of the league’s most dynamic scorers when he was a Wizard. John Wall was the second No. 1 overall pick the franchise made and was the franchise’s all-time leading assister during his time in D.C. And Westbrook averaged a triple-double in his one season in the nation’s capital. That said, he’s more worried about having his style of play mesh with Bradley Beal and other frontcourt players like Rui Hachimura and Daniel Gafford.

All-in-all, we had a good first impression from Dinwiddie’s press conference. He probably won’t be the prolific scorer Arenas was or the floor general that Wall or Westbrook were. That said, the Wizards appear to have a deep roster where players can play multiple roles, Dinwiddie being no exception given his 6’5 frame. Here’s hoping that that he meshes well with Beal, Hachimura and their numerous new players this season.