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According to The Athletic, Brooklyn Nets G Spencer Dinwiddie will not participate in the Orlando restart after testing positive for coronavirus last week.
This is a major blow for the Brooklyn Nets who are currently the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. Caris LeVert will likely be the greatest beneficiary to Dinwiddie's absence but the Nets chances of making it through the playoffs are looking bleak. Dinwiddie's season will end averaging 20.6 points, 6.8 assists, and 3.7 rebounds, which are all career-highs for the six-year guard.
Nets G Spencer Dinwiddie provided an update on his COVID-19 symptoms and is hopeful to get a negative test Monday and be back on the court Tuesday to be able to travel with the team to Orlando.
Dinwiddie took to Twitter Sunday night to provide us with an update on his coronavirus symptoms. He said the sinus headaches have subsided but he “was a lil too bullish on the bike, got dizzy and felt weak.” Dinwiddie tested positive last week for COVID-19, and tonight was his Day 10 update on how he’s feeling. With Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, and Wilson Chandler all sitting out for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, it’s imperative the Nets have a healthy Dinwiddie if they want to compete. Hopefully he’ll record a negative test tomorrow and be back on the court Tuesday.
Despite testing positive for COVID-19, Brooklyn Nets G Spencer Dinwiddie clarifies on Twitter that he hasn’t opted out of the NBA restart and wants to play.
Dinwiddie tweeted, “just to be clear I haven’t opted out and want to play like I told @ShamsCharania. Unfortunately I have been one of the cases that has various symptoms.” This tweet comes after Dinwiddie’s teammate DeAndre Jordan tweeted that he also tested positive for COVID-19 and will opt out of the remainder of the season. So far, we know that both Jordan and Wilson Chandler have opted out of the restart, and they join Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant as notable Nets that won’t play basketball again until the 2020-21 season.
Brooklyn Nets G Spencer Dinwiddie tells The Athletic that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is unsure on his playing status ahead of the 2019-20 NBA restart in Orlando.
Dinwiddie told The Athletic, “given that I have experienced symptoms, including fever and chest tightness, it is unclear on whether or not I’ll be able to participate in Orlando.” He’ll now self-quarantine and re-evaluate in 14 days, but there’s serious doubt about him playing again this season. Dinwiddie was having a fantastic season prior to the shutdown, averaging a career high 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game. The Nets are already down Wilson Chandler, and now potentially Dinwiddie. They picked up Justin Anderson as a replacement for Chandler, and could pick up another player if Dinwiddie officially opts out. Brooklyn currently sits in the 7-seed in the Eastern Conference and has a good shot at making the playoffs. Caris LeVert is going to have his hands full trying to carry the team through the playoffs in the “bubble” at Disney World.
Spencer Dinwiddie took to social media Friday night, telling his fans and that if he could raise Bitcoin valued at roughly $24.6M, he would sign a one-year deal with the team of their choice.
This is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Many people are probably asking if this is even legal under the collective bargaining agreement. Dinwiddie did say that, “I hope no owners/team personnel participate so there’s no impropriety on this one of a kind endorsement deal.” He’s technically under contract with Brooklyn through 2022, but has a player option for 2021. The “Tech guy with a jumper” is using his platform to try something completely new and different, and if it works, he could be opening up a completely new way of doing business in the NBA. If he doesn’t reach the $24.6M threshold, he’ll donate all the money he does raise to charity, so either way it’ll be a positive and unique outcome. Dinwiddie has resurrected his career with the Nets in the last three years, especially in the absence of Kyrie Irving. Before the 2019-20 season was suspended, he was averaging career-highs of 20.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 6.8 assists in 31 minutes per game.