Report: Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie to have thumb surgery; out 3-6 weeks

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It’s the kind of debate only a guy who has already signed his contract extension would consider.

Brooklyn guard Spencer Dinwiddie — in the middle of a breakout season that has him in the Sixth Man of the Year discussion — tore a ligament in his thumb last Sunday night. The doctors suggested surgery, but Dinwiddie was looking for a way around it, wondering if he could play through the pain this season then get the surgery this summer.  Dinwiddie wanted to help push the Nets into the postseason. Since he already signed a three-year, $34 million contract extension, the risk wasn’t financial.

In the end, specialists convinced him to get the surgery now, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Brooklyn making the playoffs would be one of the bigger surprises of the season, but at 27-23 they are poised to do so if they do not collapse down the stretch (the Nets currently are the six seed, with a five-game cushion over the nine-seed Wizards).

Dinwiddie has been a big part of that success, averaging 17.2 points per game and hitting 36.6 percent from three. His hard work earned him that contract extension and the postseason award conversation (although the award hopes die with this surgery, he will have missed too many games).

Brooklyn is still without Caris LeVert (brutal early-season ankle injury) and will need people Shabazz Napier and others to step up with Dinwiddie out.