Following the impressive Summer League for Damyean Dotson, the Knicks have started discussions on a deal with the 23-year-old wing, sources told the Daily News.
Dotston was drafted 44th overall last month by New York out of the University of Houston, and wowed scouts in Orlando with his play on both ends and NBA-ready body. He represented the brightest spot on a team that went 1-4 in Orlando, dropping 20 points in the finale Thursday with nine rebounds and four assists.
His 3-point stroke also separated Dotson from the pack.
“He can really shoot the ball, he’s athletic,” Jeff Hornacek said. “I wasn’t quite sure how his feel for the game is but his feel for the game has been great in these scrimmages. He’s making the right passes at the right time and he’s one of those guys when he gets an open look at it you’re pretty confident he’s going to make it.”
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Unlike first-round picks, second-rounders like Dotson are not locked into a rookie payscale. They’re free to negotiate any contract, and, if it’s for three years or more, a team must use cap space or an exception to sign the rookie.
Willy Hernangomez fit into that category a year ago, and this year it might be Dotson.
The Knicks recently signed Frank Ntilikina to his rookie deal, giving them 10 players under contract for next season. Thus far, their lone free-agent agreement this summer was with Ron Baker. They also drafted point guard Ognjen Jaramaz, but he looked overwhelmed in Summer League and is expected to play next season overseas.
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