Knicks could trade Damyean Dotson while the iron is hot
The New York Knicks found themselves with a pleasant surprise this season, as their 2017 second-round pick Damyean Dotson proved to be a player worthy of minutes under head coach David Fizdale’s rotation. Dotson has a precarious situation ahead of him, as his contract is not guaranteed for next season, making him a potential trade asset.
According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, “a couple of teams” have already inquired about Dotson, who trotted out nine consecutive double-digit scoring games when given significant playing time.
“Dotson’s contract for next season is non-guaranteed, meaning the Knicks have to make a decision on guaranteeing the pact this summer. That could complicate matters. Hence, they may have to think about a trade by February’s deadline — perhaps for a 2019 second-rounder — if they don’t intend to guarantee it for next season.”
Fizdale promised him minutes after rookie Kevin Knox went down with an early-season injury and Dotson pounced on the opportunity, only to go back to lesser minutes after Knox’s return.
Dotson wasn’t drafted by the current regime of general manager Scott Perry, which in a way could make him expendable in the eyes of the front office, given that Perry spearheaded the charge for Mario Hezonja, who is now receiving those minutes at the wing position.
Dotson is averaging a respectable 10.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in limited play time, likely making for a suitable young prospect to snatch at the trade deadline, if the Knicks don’t intend to keep him.