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Spencer Dinwiddie to play for Nigerian national team

Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie is making arrangements to play for the Nigerian men’s basketball team, he confirmed on Saturday. Shams Charania of The Athletic was first to report the news.

Dinwiddie was not among the 44 players who USA Basketball named as finalists for the Olympic team in February.

After Charania reported the news on Saturday, Dinwiddie quickly confirmed the report by tweeting, “Well now y’all know lol”.

Dinwiddie will join several other NBA players on the Nigerian team, which is coached by Warriors assistant Mike Brown. Dinwiddie’s teammates will include Al-Farouq Aminu, Josh Okogie, Chimezie Metu and Ekpe Udoh.

Nigeria has already clinched a spot in the Olympics by winning Group M at the FIBA World Championships.

Dinwiddie was having a career season before the NBA season was put on hold, averaging 20.6 points, 6.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds through 64 games.