According to sources, teams are interested in a deal for the second-year guard – including the Pistons – so he could be gone by the deadline. But the reason Dotson’s desirable is the team-friendly contract, which the Knicks also need to fill out their roster as they go star chasing in the summer.
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The Detroit Pistons have expressed interest in trading for Damyean Dotson, according to a league source. Luke Kennard, the backup guard, has missed games due to injury but also has not found a fit in Dwane Casey’s system.
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. According to a source, the Knicks have been approached by a couple of teams about Dotson’s availability because of his precarious contract status.
Knicks general manager Scott Perry did not draft Dotson. Though president Steve Mills was GM for the 2017 draft, the Dotson pick at No. 44 was spearheaded by former president Phil Jackson and his top adviser, Clarence Gaines, according to sources. Dotson did not play in the season’s first two games and only got into a contest when Kevin Knox went down with a severe ankle sprain in the third game. Dotson proceeded to make 11 straight effective starts before being demoted in a lineup shake-up Nov. 14.
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May 25, 2019 | 8:19 pm EDT Update
Sportradar, an authorized data distributor for the NBA, sent a letter Thursday notifying sportsbook operators that the league was forcing it to “cease providing to you NBA Official Data for use in the United States unless and until you are an Authorized Gaming Operator of the NBA.” According to the letter, obtained by ESPN, Sportradar will shut down access of the feed at 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Game 1 of the Finals is Thursday.
The NBA’s data feed is primarily used by sportsbooks to run their live betting options, updating odds that are offered on different outcomes throughout the game. Live or in-game betting is a growing market in the U.S. but still does not represent significant betting handle for sportsbooks in Las Vegas. The vast majority of money bet on in-game wagering options is on the point spread, money-line and over/under total points, bookmakers say.