Spencer Dinwiddie is open for business. The eccentric Brooklyn Nets guard (though maybe not for long?) has started a GoFundMe campaign with the goal of reaching 2625.8 BTC (bitcoin), which is the rough equivalent of $24,632,630. If the goal is reached, the 27-year-old promises he’ll sign a one-year contract with a team of fans’ choosing.
Wait … what?
It’s true. Dinwiddie has taken to crowd-sourcing his own free agency. It’s a bold gambit and probably won’t come to fruition (he’s only seen $766 in donations so far), though Dinwiddie’s proposed game of free-agent roulette does present a fascinating social experiment. Of course, Dinwiddie—who is due a $10.6 million base salary this season—doesn’t actually need the money. That’s why all proceeds are going to charity.
“Shoe companies and endorsers influence team decisions all the time,” explained Dinwiddie, who was averaging a career-high 20.6 points per game before the NBA halted its season amid the coronavirus pandemic. “My/our biggest endorsers will always be the fans, so I want to have some fun with this while we’re all under quarantine.” Dinwiddie made the target goal 2625.8 BTC to reflect his favorite numbers 26 (his current number), 25 (the number he wore while attending the University of Colorado) and 8 (the number he previously wore for the Detroit Pistons).
The six-year NBA vet may be getting a bit ahead of himself as Dinwiddie’s contract with Brooklyn runs through 2022. Nonetheless, Dinwiddie teased the idea of playing elsewhere by photo-shopping himself in Clippers and Lakers uniforms. The Nets’ assist and points leader acknowledges the GoFundMe campaign is mostly a stunt, but he’s hoping some good comes from it. “This isn’t so much an investment as it is an experience,” Dinwiddie tweeted. “Hopefully we opened some eyes and can do some good in the process amidst a pandemic.”
It doesn’t appear Dinwiddie has considered the very real possibility of a team not wanting him (“Hey San Antonio, the results are in and guess what? I play for you guys now!”), but unless he raises the necessary funds, that’s a bridge the point guard will probably never have to cross.