Should the NY Knicks target Spencer Dinwiddie at the deadline?

NY Knicks, Spencer Dinwiddie (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
NY Knicks, Spencer Dinwiddie (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /

A former offseason target of the NY Knicks‘ could be available via trade at February 10th’s trading deadline.

In a recent article by Kevin O’Connor with The Ringer, he suggests that Spencer Dinwiddie could be on the move soon.

"Other options are less inspiring. Kemba is well past his prime. The Wizards want to move Dinwiddie because he looks like a shell of his former self and his teammates don’t want him there. Schröder is fine, but he leans too far toward scoring and would be an awkward fit next to Jackson."

For some clarity, the article was primarily about the Clippers and whether they’d be buyers or sellers at the deadline as well as what players they could be interested in acquiring.

Should the NY Knicks trade for Spencer Dinwiddie?

Granted, Dinwiddie is not having his best season and his numbers have certainly regressed but how many times have we seen this happen with a player in the wrong situation or wrong system?

And once they get moved somewhere that fits their playstyle better, it’s off to the races.

Especially when it’s a player as talented as Spencer Dinwiddie is.

We’re no strangers to the idea of Dinwiddie on the Knicks, as we’ve written about the concept a few times now, up until he ultimately signed with Washington.

Now, there was a rumor that he didn’t find the Knicks to be an appealing destination, but was later refuted by Spencer.

If there’s ever been a Thibs-Esque Point Guard in this league, it’s Dinwiddie.

He’s not the best shooter but he’s a downhill, crafty guard that works his offense from the inside-out.

He’s a decent defender and an above-average playmaker on the perimeter, something the Knicks sorely need.

We know his personality bodes well in New York City, as he spent the better portion of his career across the bridge in Brooklyn.

And with the recent notion that his teammates don’t want him there, the Knicks may be able to bring him on for a steal of a deal.

Dinwiddie is due $18 million next year and has a guaranteed $10 million on his contract for the 2023-24 season, so cutting him would be difficult.

This is why I think the Knicks could swoop in and grab him for less than his market value, but only if they think he can return to his previous form.

The trade above solves two problems the Knicks currently have, which is why I would consider the deal.

Firstly, they get an upgrade at the Point that should fit better with the team’s philosophies and it also frees up a spot in the rotation for newly acquired Cam Reddish.

Perhaps the Wizards could get a third team involved to take either Walker or Burks off of their hands, if not potentially both.

The Clippers certainly could use a Point Guard like Kemba and they wouldn’t have to give up much to get him.

And Burks, who would be a valuable commodity to any team could either stay put in Washington or garner interest from other playoff-bound teams in the league who want a secondary facilitator and shooter for the postseason.

Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

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