Nets Move Spencer Dinwiddie in Major Trade

Feb 5, 2024; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) warms up before the
Feb 5, 2024; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) warms up before the / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Rumors were swirling recently that the Brooklyn Nets were going to have a quiet trade deadline, despite the recent speculation.

The team apparently didn't get the memo, moving Spencer Dinwiddie to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday in exchange for point guard Dennis Schroder and forward Thaddeus Young.

Dinwiddie is in the final year of his contract so the Raptors clear cap space for the summer while the Nets take on Young's expiring deal and an extra year of Schorder's contract.

If the Nets choose to hold onto both players they likely won't make much of an impact in the short term. Young is averaging 5 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists per game, and 0.8 steals per game. Schroder may provide more of an impact off of the bench for the team as he's averaging 13.7 points per game with 6.1 assists per game and 2.7 rebounds per game.

The exciting part about Schroder will be if the team holds onto him rather than waiving him, would be including him in a trade this summer.

Schroder will have a $13 million dollar salary heading into this summer and could be used by the Nets to match salaries in a trade.

Should Nets Have Considered a Full Teardown?

While the Brooklyn Nets don't own their first-round pick, they also should have at least considered trading some of their more valuable pieces.

Mikal Bridges could have returned the Nets a slew of assets that they could have used to draft their next young core. A player like Cam Thomas could have been an interesting piece for contenders as he may be at a peak trade value wise and could have returned the Nets a few nice pieces.

The Nets will likely stand pat with this core barring any last-minute trades and that is likely the right move for the team. The Nets will feel the brunt of their James Harden trade for the year's to come but in the end adding Harden was also the right move but, the way things ended with the Durant, Harden, and Kyrie core are disappointing.

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