Spencer Dinwiddie knows the Brooklyn Nets would love to have Kevin Durant next year, but he’s being careful about his words.
The sixth-man isn’t actively recruiting Durant — as that would be considered tampering — but he doesn’t see why a big star like him wouldn’t want to come to Brooklyn.
“Why would I actively recruit arguably the best player in the world to come to our team when he would fill the exact spot that we need and potentially take us from just being an eighth-, seventh-seed or so, to an Eastern Conference championship team? Oh please write this down,” Dinwiddie told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “Why would I do that because then I’ll get in trouble for tampering?”
Dinwiddie is obviously choosing his words carefully — and playfully — to avoid a tampering fine. He does sneak in that Durant is arguably the best player in the world.
“I don’t see why we wouldn’t (be a destination for the stars this summer). Especially, I guess, at the forward spot,” Dinwiddie said. “That’s where all the big free agents are and our biggest hole is probably at the forward spot. You got Jarrett Allen at the 5. We got (Russell) and Caris at the 1 and the 2. And which spots to fill? The 3 and the 4, right?”
Dinwiddie leaves out a few key pieces of the roster — mainly himself, Joe Harris, and breakout rookie Rodions Kurucs. But his sentiment is on point. The Nets have a readymade roster for a star.
If Brooklyn added a player like Durant, Kawhi Leonard, or Jimmy Butler, they would immediately become one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference. That much is clear.