Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie claims Kyrie Irving first spoke to him about free agency back in December.
Guard Spencer Dinwiddie made a bold decision in December of 2018. He ultimately chose to sign a three-year, $34 million extension with the Brooklyn Nets, the same team that would eventually make a splash and sign superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Dinwiddie will now be a part of an organization trending in the right direction. Brooklyn can become a contender in the Eastern Conference for years to come with the assets they currently have.
Speaking on the “Back To Back” podcast with Shams Charania of The Athletic, Dinwiddie revealed how Irving actually contacted him regarding free agency as early as December.
“The first time he reached out was maybe like December in terms of just loosely talking about it,” Dinwiddie told Charania. “He was obviously still super focused on his season and everything. But you could tell from his conversation that it was on his mind and obviously free agency was coming up and that’s kinda what it was. Just asking a friend about his current situation what he thought.”
The line that Irving used when speaking to Dinwiddie was simple: “New York might be fun next year.”
The timeline on when Dinwiddie spoke with Irving in comparison to his contract extension is unclear. However, Dinwiddie’s signing was another indication that the Nets had finally built a stable culture in Brooklyn.
Instead of testing the waters of free agency, Dinwiddie went all-in on the Nets. That decision looks like it’s paying off.
With Durant recovering from a ruptured Achilles, Irving, Dinwiddie, and the newly-acquired DeAndre Jordan will do what they can to run the floor next season.