Lakers’ Spencer Dinwiddie clears air about his Nets exit

Spencer Dinwiddie said there wasn’t a single thing that was misrepresented or misinterpreted about his exit from the Nets.

That was all.

“Everything. Everything,” Dinwiddie said, repeating it for emphasis. “Every thing. Everything.”

The prodigal son returned to Brooklyn on Easter Sunday, with Dinwiddie logging 21 scoreless minutes in his first game against the Nets since they dealt him to Toronto at the trade deadline.

He was quickly acquired and signed by his hometown Lakers, whom he helped to a 116-104 victory at the Barclays Center.

Nets guard Dennis Schroder, left, dribbles around Los Angeles Lakers guard Spencer Dinwiddie during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday. P.A.

Dinwiddie’s exit hasn’t been the prettiest, with his efforts questioned by many.

In the spirit of the holiday, the guard initially hesitated when asked if he would face his old team, something he usually reveled in during his career.

“It’s Easter Sunday and my mother told me to back off. I have absolutely no comment at this time,” Dinwiddie smiled before commenting.

When asked specifically to clear up any misconceptions about his final days in Brooklyn, he simply said that he understood how the business worked, that his voice had darkened upon his release from the Nets, but that ‘He’s now happy as a Laker.

“I know (the media) obviously has a job to do. And I know that people say what they say from other places, whether it’s the organization or other positions or whatever. So sometimes, obviously, as a player, things are misinterpreted or your voice is drowned out,” Dinwiddie said. “That’s just kind of the situation I found myself in.

“It was fun to keep the primaries when I was here, and it’s fun to keep the primaries now. I understand that my 2024 has largely been about playing defense, and on this team, that is something that has been celebrated and appreciated.

Spencer Dinwiddie was a fixture in Brooklyn.
Spencer Dinwiddie was a fixture in Brooklyn. Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

After being traded to Toronto, Dinwiddie was waived on February 8 and signed with the Lakers four days later.

And while he comes off the bench and still doesn’t have the ball, he’s asked to catch and shoot, at least now it spaces the court for LeBron James and Anthony Davis aiming for a ring.

“Here, obviously the two guys to watch are LeBron James and Anthony Davis, so it’s a completely different type of situation,” Dinwiddie said. “And they were already a good team before I came here. But playing basketball with determination is a phenomenal experience to be a part of. You definitely don’t want to just be flailing in the wind.

Cam Thomas had 30 points and six assists, both team highs.

He joined James Harden (2021-22), Stephon Marbury (2000-01) and John Williamson (1977-78) as the only Nets to have two 30-point games against the Lakers in a season.

Cam Johnson and Dennis Smith Jr. both returned from injury. Johnson had five points in 19:54, while Smith had two in 3:38.

Trendon Watford (15 points, eight rebounds) scored twice in a season-high fourth straight game.

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