On Sunday evening, Spencer Dinwiddie posted an update on his twitter account for his tenth day since his diagnosis. The tone of the update was positive and upbeat. In his update, Dinwiddie shared, “The sinus pressure headaches when I get up are starting to subside (…) If I can get a negative test tomorrow, then they are gonna get me back on the court Tuesday.”
The Current Roster
This is great news for the Nets, who are already dealing with a short-handed roster. The players who have opted out of the bubble so far include Wilson Chandler, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, and Nicolas Claxton. With Spencer Dinwiddie and a qualified center to fill in for DeAndre Jordan, the Nets are in solid position to maintain the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. Chris Chiozza is a solid point guard, but it is apparent that he lacks the maturity to lead a playoff team at this stage of his career.
Replacing DeAndre Jordan
For replacing DeAndre Jordan, it seems like six-time all-star Pau Gasol would be the best fit at the position. Although he just turned 40 on July 6 (Happy Birthday Pau), Gasol could provide some veteran knowledge to a team with limited playoff experience. If not him, then the Nets will most likely sign Dragan Bender. Bender has had a great season in the G league, averaging 20.5 PPG on 50.8% shooting, 8.9 RPG, and 1.7 BPG.
Status of Dinwiddie
Dinwiddie will not travel with the team on Tuesday to Orlando. However, he is permitted to arrive late to the bubble under league rules. Fans can expect Dinwiddie to participate in the scrimmages in a limited capacity before the regular season resumes. At the end of the day, the positive tests of COVID-19 for Spencer and DeAndre are bigger than basketball, and Nets Nation wishes them a healthy recovery.