The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly been dealt a serious blow just three games into the season.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, prolific guard Spencer Dinwiddie has suffered a partially torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the 2020-21 NBA season.
Brooklyn Nets starter Spencer Dinwiddie has suffered a partially torn ACL in his right knee, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. It was suffered on contact, and there is no other structural damage in the knee.- Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 28, 2020
Per the team, more updates will be made available once Dinwiddie undergoes surgery next week.
Spencer Dinwiddie has been diagnosed with a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee. The injury occurred during the third quarter of last night's game in Charlotte. Further updates will be issued following surgery, which is scheduled to take place next week. pic.twitter.com/qV9miVXgXb- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) December 28, 2020
Charania added that Dinwiddie is expected to make a full recovery ahead of the 2021-22 season, which is an important note as Dinwiddie has a player option worth $12.3 million for next season. Dinwiddie, who will be 28 next season, is expected to command plenty of interest on the free-agent market in the offseason.
Dinwiddie struggled out of the gates this season, averaging 6.7 points per game while shooting 37.5% from the field and 28.6% from beyond the arc through Brooklyn's first three games. With the return of Kyrie Irving and the addition of Kevin Durant to the lineup, Dinwiddie was still in the process of finding his groove on the offensive end.
The 2019-20 season was a career year for Dinwiddie, who averaged 20.6 points and 6.8 assists over 64 games (49 starts). In Brooklyn's impressive start to the season, Dinwiddie had established himself in the first unit alongside Irving, Durant, Joe Harris and DeAndre Jordan.
Dinwiddie's injury is a hit to the depth of the Nets, who could now turn to Caris LeVert or Landry Shamet as his replacement in the starting lineup.
Stick with NBA.com for more updates on the developing situation surrounding his injury.
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