Former Colorado star Spencer Dinwiddie has signed a contract with the Brooklyn Nets. Per Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Dinwiddie’s contract with likely be a partially-guaranteed three-year deal. He has spent the early season with the Windy City Bulls of the NBA D-League.
After starring at Colorado for three years, Dinwiddie declared for the 2014 NBA Draft and was selected by the Detroit Pistons 38th overall. In Detroit, he bounced around between between the NBA and Detroit’s D-League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive. Dinwiddie had moderate success in limited minutes with the Pistons, but was unable to secure a stable role with the team.
Right before the 2016 NBA Draft, Detroit faced a roster crunch and traded Dinwiddie to the Chicago Bulls. Then when free agency began, Chicago faced a roster crunch (they signed Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo) and waved him. The chocolate bar-fanatic impressed the Bulls over the NBA Summer League and signed with them for a one-year deal. Then when the Bulls traded for another point guard (Michael Carter-Williams), they cut Dinwiddie once again and signed him to their D-League affiliate.
Early on in the season, Dinwiddie has impressed on the court for the D-League Windy City Bulls. In nine game with Windy City, he averaged 19.4 points 8.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game and shot 41% from three. Those stats are slightly inflated by the nature of the D-League (teams play with fast pace and no defense), but those are impressive numbers.
Brooklyn, one of the very worst teams in the NBA, wanted to shake up their bench and signed the mustachioed guru. To make room on their roster, the Nets released former Indiana star Yogi Ferrell. Dinwiddie’s role with Brooklyn is still an unknown at the moment, but him getting a chance with the team is great news for him and for the Colorado basketball program.
Dinwiddie is now one of three former Buffs in the NBA now, joining Utah’s Alec Burks (2009-11) and Oklahoma City’s Andre Roberson (2010-13).