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The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Damyean (DAME-ee-an) Dotson to a multi-year contract, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Dotson (6-5, 205) appeared in 48 games for the New York Knicks last season, averaging 6.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 17.4 minutes. He also shot .362 from three-point range and reached double figure scoring on 13 occasions, including a season-high 21 points (7-10 FG, 4-7 3FG) against Toronto on January 24th. In his first three NBA seasons, all with the Knicks, Dotson appeared in 165 games (42 starts) with career averages of 7.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 20.1 minutes.
Chris Fedor: The two-year deal that shooting guard Damyean Dotson is getting from #Cavs is non-guaranteed in Year 2, sources tell @clevelanddotcom
Chris Fedor: #Cavs agreed to a two-year deal worth $4 million dollars with shooting guard Damyean Dotson earlier today. But sources tell @clevelanddotcom the front office is still deciding whether Dotson will get a small portion of the mid-level exception or the bi-annual exception.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent G Damyean Dotson has agreed to a two-year, $4M deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his agent Chris Gaston of @Famfirstsports tells ESPN.
Steve Popper: Newsday has learned Knicks are waiving Elfrid Payton and Kenny Wooten and not picking up option on Bobby Portis. Also, no qualifying offer for Damyean Dotson, who is an unrestricted FA now. More decisions to come… The players who are waived today could be back – but on a lesser deal than what they were in line for.
According to NBA sources, three prominent organizations — the Jazz, Bucks and Warriors — are expected to show some interest in Dotson, who made $1.6 million this season as a “3-and-D’’ prototype. “He’s got a great work ethic, leadership qualities and toughness,’’ former Knicks coach David Fizdale told The Post this week. “He’s extremely coachable and dedicated teammate. Totally committed to the culture with a consistently good attitude regardless of his minutes.’’
“He plays with a high motor,’’ another NBA talent evaluator said. “He lacks athleticism but he’s improved as a 3-point shooter since his rookie year. He probably has more shot-creating ability than he’s shown.’’
Sources indicate the Knicks were fully prepared to extend Dotson a $2 million qualifying offer to keep him a restricted free agent and try to keep him by matching a reasonable offer. Whether there is a shift in thinking with incoming president Leon Rose is not entirely clear.
An NBA source said about four teams reached out about Dotson at the trade deadline. Orlando, Golden State, the Nets, Detroit and Utah have shown interest in Dotson in the past.
According to a source, the Knicks still plan to exercise the $1.5 million team option by the July 15 deadline on 2017 draft pick Damyean Dotson despite signing shooting guards Reggie Bullock and Wayne Ellington and point guard Elfrid Payton.
The Knicks are expected to exercise his team option in mid-July. After the season, Dotson decided to make sure his shoulder was OK and scheduled an MRI. He was stunned. “I was like, ‘Oh man, torn labrum, who would’ve known?,”’ said Dotson, who is promoting a new line of hoodies called “Wholeteamdot”. “I played so well, I didn’t think anything was wrong with it. I’m glad I caught it in time and didn’t keep playing with it over the summer. I caught it at the right time.’’
Kristian Winfield: Knicks announce signing of rookie Damyean Dotson who impressed in Orlando Summer League.
Michael Scotto: Damyean Dotson’s 3-year deal with the Knicks includes a team option on Year 3, a league source told @BBallInsiders. twitter.com/ianbegley/stat…
Stefan Bondy: According to a source, Knicks and Damyean Dotson working toward a deal with the first two years guaranteed at about $2.6 million.
Ian Begley: Damyean Dotson’s deal with the Knicks is a 3-year contract, per league sources. Two years of the deal are fully guaranteed, sources say.
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