Wizards’ Spencer Dinwiddie Accuses Three NBA Teams Including Lakers for Tampering and Clears Himself Off

Published 08/09/2021, 11:00 PM EDT
Dec 22, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) drives against Golden State Warriors power forward Eric Paschall (7) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA off-season 2021 has been extraordinary in terms of mega signings, starry trades, and ideal swaps. One franchise that took the most out of this period is the Washington Wizards. They have two NBA champions in the former Lakers to help Bradley Beal drag the DC unit deeper into the playoffs.

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But one other signing that made them even stronger is that of point guard Spencer Dinwiddie. The former Brooklyn Nets player is all set to feature for his third franchise in his eighth NBA season. However, with the allegations of tampering swirling around the league, should his trade also go under the scanner?

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Serious allegations on Lakers and other mega NBA franchises

In a recent interview, an interviewer asked Spencer Dinwiddie if he exchanged words with Bradley Beal prior to the free agency. The 28-YO quickly cleared himself off any such act as he expressed, “Before free agency would be tampering bro. What you talking about?”

Notably, Spencer came to the Wizards via a sign-and-trade that involved five NBA teams in Wizards, Nets, Lakers, Pacers, and Spurs. This deal surely made the Wizards lose Russell Westbrook, but they gained enough in return to out-balance that loss. 

The 6’5” point guard further added, “Listen, the Lakers, Toronto, Heat… They’re the ones that are tampering. No tampering here.”

Apr 8, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond (2) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

That is a serious allegation that he casually made, given everything that is going around the league. Everyone knows how teams like Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat are already facing an investigation to find if they started negotiations before the free-agency window.

Spencer Dinwiddie’s unique contract with the Wizards

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The Wizards now have a big man in Montrezl Harrell, promising talent in Aaron Holiday, the draft rights to Isaiah Todd, and a very deep unit. But something that makes their recent signing rather hysterical is the contract terms of Spencer Dinwiddie.

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The former Nets player will receive a $1.5 million incentive if he plays 50+ games in the upcoming 2021-22 season. That makes all the sense given his recent history with injuries and missing out on an entire year of play. However, the second part of the contract is rather crazy. It adds $1 to his pocket if he wins a championship.

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Now, what would you infer from that $1 deal? Help us with your interesting remarks in the comments section below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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