Lakers land Spencer Dinwiddie on buyout market
According to Shams Charania, Spencer Dinwiddie plans to sign with the Lakers once he clears waivers. LA did not make a move at the trade deadline but is adding an impactful player just a few days later.
The 30-year-old point guard will give the Lakers a true ball-handler off the bench, which they have lacked for most of the season. The LakeShow signed Gabe Vincent to play that role, but he has only appeared in five games.
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Dinwiddie has appeared in 48 games this season, averaging 13/3/6 on 39/32/78 shooting splits. While Dinwiddie is a streaky shooter, his playmaking and ability to have big games will give LA a boost off the bench.
When asked about what Dinwiddie would bring to the team last night, LeBron James said, “Playmaking, another ball handler, another shotmaker, another veteran. Anytime you can add a veteran with that ability, it helps. We'll see what happens.”
Anthony Davis was also asked about Dinwiddie and stated, “He's a big guard, shot-maker, playmaker. ... We saw what he did with Dallas, making big plays with them. He's a well established player and vet in this league.”
To Davis’ point, Dinwiddie was instrumental on the Dallas Mavericks run to the Western Conference Finals in 2022. LA will play at that high level as they try to make a late-season push-up from the 9th seed.
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Lastly, D’Angelo Russell, who previously played with Dinwiddie in Brooklyn, was asked what he would bring to the Purple and Gold and said, “I’m a fan. Y’all will get to know him soon.”
The players are excited to have the veteran guard on the roster, as he could play a pivotal role in running the show with the bench unit.
They needed another ball-handler, and Dinwiddie will fit in well as backup point guard. At 28-26, the Lakers have an uphill climb ahead, but with Dinwiddie, the roster has the talent and depth to make a surge up the standings.