After making two blockbuster trades for P.J. Washington and Daniel Gafford on Thursday, the Dallas Mavericks' eyes shifted to the buyout market.
Dallas had one open roster spot since they traded three players on Thursday, and their main target became former fan-favorite guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
Dinwiddie was on the Mavs during their run to the Western Conference Finals in 2022, and he would have been the cherry on top to strengthen Dallas' bench. The Mavs need another creator off the bench due to Dante Exum's unreliability as of late, and Dinwiddie could have been that for Dallas.
Spencer Dinwiddie reveals strange reason he signed with Lakers over Mavericks
Dinwiddie's top two choices for who he was going to sign with were the Los Angeles Lakers and the Mavs, and he ended up signing with the Lakers. He is from Los Angeles, and on Monday, he revealed why he chose the Lakers over the Mavs.
"Let’s say you’re a kid and you get your (expletive) whupped by the bully. Dallas would have been like your mama, like, ‘It’s OK, baby,’" Dinwiddie said. "Lakers are like your dad: ‘Nah, you better go out there and fight ‘til you win.’"
His explanation of why he chose the Lakers over the Mavs is extremely strange and confusing, and there are a few ways that this can be taken. The first way that you can take this, which also seems the most probable, is that Dinwiddie chose Los Angeles because it was the tougher option.
It would have been easy if Dinwiddie chose Dallas, as he has already played here before, but he could have chosen Los Angeles because he wants a challenge.
Some people believe that this quote was a jab at the Mavs and their culture, but it seems more likely that Dinwiddie wanted a bigger challenge and a fresh start with the Lakers.
The Dallas Mavericks' next game is tonight against the Washington Wizards.
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