3 Available free agents Thunder must target to replace Josh Giddey

With Josh Giddey now in Chicago, the OKC Thunder should strongly consider adding a replacement playmaker to their talent pool.
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Spencer Dinwiddie

Throughout his 10-year career, Spencer Dinwiddie has established himself as a steady guard who can help run an offense, buy a bucket, and serve as a spark plug off the pine.

With the departure of Giddey, the Thunder could now use for all three of these attributes within their rotation.

While slightly past his prime, the 31-year-old still finds himself producing at a respectable rate when given consistent time on the hardwood.

His incredibly inconsistent 28-game stint with the Lakers aside, during the 48 games he suited up for with the Nets prior to being moved mid-season, Dinwiddie was providing a sound scoring punch and impressive passing skills to a nauseatingly talent-limited Brooklyn squad and finished his half-season run with averages of 12.6 points, 6.0 assists, and 3.0 boards per game.

During his two seasons prior to 2023-24, he also found himself averaging an impressive stat-line of 15.7 points, 5.9 assists, and 3.8 rebounds on 35.7 percent shooting and would go on to play a significant role for his respective teams during their playoff runs (Dallas in 2022 and Brooklyn in 2023).

His lowly stretch in Los Angeles could be viewed as both a positive as well as a negative, for he could now be had at a discount relative to his potential impact, though whoever signs him runs the risk of finding out the hard way that his lackluster production may have been a new norm rather than a mere fluke.

Either way, on a low-cost contract, Dinwiddie's worth taking a shot on.