After being waived almost immediately after being acquired by the Toronto Raptors, Spencer Dinwiddie is heading home.
On Saturday night, the Los Angeles Lakers announced they reached an agreement to add the veteran point guard to their roster.
Dinwiddie, 30, was one of many players moved to different teams ahead of this past Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. The Brooklyn Nets traded Dinwiddie to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Dennis Schröder and Thaddeus Young. Once the trade was complete, the Raptors waived the 10-year player, paving the way for him to play for one of his hometown teams, the Lakers.
Once he cleared waivers, all signs pointed toward Dinwiddie landing in Los Angeles, especially after he was spotted sitting next to Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka during the team’s home game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
With Gabe Vincent being on the Lakers’ injury report since Nov. 1 and inconsistent play from D’Angelo Russell, Dinwiddie is expected to help solidify the backup point guard position or possibly become a starter, a role he’s had in Brooklyn since the start of the 2022-23 season. Before joining the Lakers, Dinwiddie averaged 12.6 points and six assists in 48 games.
Dinwiddie entered the NBA as the 38th overall pick by the Detroit Pistons in the 2014 NBA draft. In limited action during his time in Detroit (2014-2016), he averaged 4.4 points and 2.7 assists. In June 2016, the Pistons shipped him to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Cameron Bairstow, whom they parted ways with less than a full month later.
While initially playing for the Bulls’ G League affiliate, the Windy City Bulls, Dinwiddie would go on to sign with the Nets later that December, where he would blossom. In his fourth season with the Nets, he would average 20.6 points and 6.8 assists. After leaving the Nets in 2021, he would go on to play for the Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks before returning to Brooklyn for a second stint.