The Brooklyn Nets acquired point guard Dennis Schroder and power forward Thaddeus Young from the Toronto Raptors on Thursday in exchange for fellow veteran guard, Spencer Dinwiddie.
Dinwiddie’s second stint with the Nets lasted all of 64 games after being acquired from the Dallas Mavericks last season. He spent five seasons from 2016 to 2021 in Brooklyn before being traded to the Washington Wizards.
After averaging 16.5 points and 9.1 assists per game down the stretch last season upon his return to Brooklyn, Dinwiddie averaged 12.6 points and six assists across 48 games this season while seeing his playing time decrease by roughly five minutes to 30 points per night.
With Ben Simmons back and seemingly healthy — which is always a significant question mark — Dinwiddie becomes somewhat more expendable, especially because he’s on an expiring contract this year that pays him north of $20 million.
Schroder is nearly an identical player to Dinwiddie in terms of the statistics this season. He’s averaging 13.7 points with 6.1 assists this season. His win shares is at 2.7 compared to Dinwiddie’s 2.8 while his player efficiency rating of 13.9 is just percentage points higher than Dinwiddie’s 13.2.
Signed through next season — he’s owed $13 million — Schroder provides a better shooting statline this season compared to Dinwiddie, converting at a 44.2% rate from the field and 35.5% from three-point range.
Young, like Dinwiddie, is on an expiring contract this season where he reunited with a Nets team he spent 101 games with between the 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns. He provides added depth to the 4 spot that has seen both Cameron Johnson and Dorian Finney-Smith sidelined with injuries.
In 15.2 minutes per night this season, the 35-year-old is averaging five points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.2 assists.