Spencer Dinwiddie trade rumors swirl

Spencer Dinwiddie’s days in D.C. are reportedly numbered.

“The Wizards want to move Dinwiddie because he looks like a shell of his former self and his teammates don’t want him there,” The Ringer’s Kevin O’Conner reported on Monday — 10 days away from the NBA trade deadline.

After a loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, the point guard appeared to hint at tension in the locker room when asked about his leadership role in Washington.

“It’s an interesting situation. I spoke up a little bit early on [this season]. It wasn’t necessarily welcomed,” Dinwiddie said after posting 10 points, four assists and three rebounds in the 115-95 loss to Memphis.

“And so, like I said, I try to do whatever’s asked of me. At the end of the day, everybody has a role to play. It’s about being accountable in your role and doing that to the best of your ability. That’s really all I’ve got.”

Spencer Dinwiddie in a Jan. 21, 2022 game
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Dinwiddie’s situation is just one part of Washington’s struggles so far this season.

If the playoffs started today, the 23-26 Wizards wouldn’t even qualify for the play-in tournament as the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards signed Dinwiddie in the offseason — completing the deal in a five-team sign-and-trade – while he was rehabbing a partially ruptured ACL.

He’s in the first year of a three-year, $54 million contract with Washington, which came with high hopes that he’d be a key piece to compliment All-Star Bradley Beal — who will miss time due to a sprained left wrist, the team announced Monday.

Dinwiddie is averaging 13.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.7 assists in 40 games this season with the Wizards. During the 2019-20 season, the point guard averaged career-highs in points (20.6) and assists (6.8).

Spencer Dinwiddie is seemingly at odds with his Wizards teammates
Spencer Dinwiddie is seemingly at odds with his Wizards teammates
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Dinwiddie has yet to address the report, though the Wizards are a team to keep an eye on as the trade deadline nears.

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