Spencer Dinwiddie plans to sign with the Lakers after claiming waivers

Spencer Dinwiddie plans to sign with the Lakers after claiming waivers

A day after the Lakers didn’t make a deal at the NBA trade deadline, the Lakers took home one of the top free agents available in hopes of adding him to their roster.

According to multiple people familiar with the situation who are not authorized to speak publicly, veteran guard Spencer Dinwiddie plans to sign with the Lakers after he clears waivers.

Dinwiddie sat a few rows back from the court Friday night with Lakers vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka to watch the Lakers beat New Orleans 139-122.

Dinwiddie, who was traded to Toronto from Brooklyn and was waived, met with his former organization, Dallas, on Thursday in New York City.

Dinwiddie, 30, is from Los Angeles, and his meeting with the Lakers left the team optimistic about potentially signing him.

In addition to Pelinka’s visit, Dinwiddie and his representatives sat with Joey and Jesse Buss in the bunker seats across from the Lakers’ bench.

This season for Brooklyn, Dinwiddie averaged 12.6 points and 6.0 assists while shooting 39.1% from the field and 32% from three-point range. In two seasons with Dallas (before he was traded for Kyrie Irving), he shot 40.4% from three and averaged 17.1 points per game.

“Another playmaker, another ball-handler, another shot-maker. Another guy, another veteran,” LeBron James said when asked what Dinwiddie would bring. “Any time you can add a veteran with that ability, it helps. So we’ll see what happens.”

Anthony Davis echoed James.

“Obviously we saw what he did with Brooklyn, what he did with Dallas where he made big plays for them,” Davis said. “He’s an established player.”

The Lakers picked a good night to leave a strong impression, scoring 139 points while all five starters finished with at least 20 points — something no Laker team has done since 1984.

“I think with all the guys we have, it’ll allow them to step up when their names are called. The guys have done a good job,” D’Angelo Russell said. “I think the chemistry is definitely growing. The trade deadline just passed, so guys are feeling a little more comfortable. So I think things will get better from here.”

After the game, Dinwiddie and Pelinka walked back toward the Lakers’ locker room.

Russell, who played in Brooklyn with Dinwiddie earlier in his career, said he admires his game. When a reporter asked what kind of person Dinwiddie was, Russell may have dropped a hint.

“You’ll recognize him soon,” said Russell.

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