The Lakers rookie is the hope of the club. Kobe fan will take LeBron’s gang to NBA rings
Nikita Biryukov February 12, 2024, 19:15 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
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A few days ago, the window in the National Basketball Association in which clubs could exchange players closed. The Los Angeles Lakers have fully retained their original roster with which the team began the regular season. Still, the league has ways to sign new players. How did the Lakers get point guard Spencer Dinwiddie? What is the unthinkable clause in a basketball player’s contract with a Los Angeles club? Let’s try to solve it here and now.
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First let’s talk about who Dinwiddie is. The basketball player was born in Los Angeles in 1993. It is immediately clear which team is his favorite in the NBA. Since the early 2000s, the Lakers have won three straight championships. Who do you think he was young Spencer’s idol when he was a kid? Naturally, the legendary Kobe Bryant! What other option did a guy who grew up in Los Angeles and plays point guard and shooting guard have? Of course, none. Dinwiddie later paid tribute to Kobe, saying he was everything to a generation of Los Angeles kids.
This season was Dinwiddie’s ninth in the NBA. The point guard started out in Detroit, receiving very little playing time, but was then traded to Brooklyn, where he became one of the best players in recent years. In the 2019/2020 season, Spencer averaged 20.6 points per game. Then, the player’s career began to gradually decline after an injury, which is why he missed almost the entire 2020/2021 season. Dinwiddie was subsequently traded to Washington and Dallas, where he did not achieve much success. But then he returned to his “Brooklyn” and again began to show excellent statistics: 16.5 points, 9.1 assists.
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At the trade deadline, Brooklyn sent Dinwiddie to the Toronto Raptors, receiving Dennis Schröder in return; A few hours after the agreement, the news appeared that the Canadian club had released Spencer from the squad. Thus, Dinwiddie could sign a contract with any organization that had a place on the roster. The Lakers immediately took notice of the player. At the Lakers’ last game, Spencer sat in the arena with Rob Pelinka, the club’s general manager. That is to say, the Los Angeles team acted faster than everyone and agreed to sign a player who, throughout his professional career, probably dreamed of being part of the Lakers.
Dinwiddie will receive exactly $1 as a bonus if the Lakers become champions during the 2023-2024 season. The player’s salary at the Los Angeles club will be 1 million 554 thousand dollars.
What can Dinwiddie bring to the Lakers? First of all, we are talking about a quality point guard who knows how to flirt with his teammates. At the same time, Spencer has always been famous for his attacking actions, scoring many points. It should be noted that the 30-year-old has already played on different teams with four players on the current Lakers roster: D’Angelo Russell, Rui Hachimura, Christian Wood and Thorin Prince.
Dinwiddie is not a perfect basketball player: he is weak in defense and three-point shooting. But when you have the opportunity to play for an organization like that in the NBA, you have to give it your best. Now it is doubly important to declare yourself and get the maximum benefit, since not everything is rosy for the Lakers in terms of playing the regular season. The right thoughts were expressed by the leader of the Lakers, LeBron James.
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“Dinwiddie is a playmaker, another ball handler, another veteran. A veteran of this level will always be useful. He will help us. Let’s see what happens”.
Overall, the Lakers got another quality player on their roster. LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Austin Reaves, D’Angelo Russell, Thorin Prince, Rui Hachimura, Christian Wood and Spencer Dinwiddie on top of them: what’s not a lineup to take the ring for you? Furthermore, apparently the club management and LeBron trust the current roster, otherwise heads would immediately roll. We continue to look at the Lakers, who won four of the last five games of the regular season. At the same time, we hope that the Los Angeles Club will prosper in the playoffs!
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