Berman’s report gives no indication that the Knicks are looking to trade Dotson, but he suggests the team may have to consider a move by February’s trade deadline, given the 24-year-old’s role and contract situation.
A starter for nine Knicks games this season, Dotson has recently fallen out of the rotation, having not seen any action since November 18. As Berman observes, minutes may be even harder to come by for Dotson when Courtney Lee returns from his neck injury, which is expected to happen in the near future.
Berman also points out that the drafting of Dotson was spearheaded by former team president Phil Jackson and his top adviser, Clarence Gaines, meaning the current management group may not be as invested in seeing the 6’6″ guard succeed in New York.
After earning a $1.38MM salary this season, Dotson will remain under contract for one more season, with a non-guaranteed $1.62MM salary for 2019/20. The Knicks figure to go star-shopping this summer, and if they want to maximize their potential cap room, Dotson would likely become expendable. As such, trading him this season to a club that would want to lock in that modest ’19/20 salary could be a win-win for the player and the team.
In 15 games (26.9 MPG) for the Knicks so far this season, Dotson has posted 10.1 PPG and 4.5 RPG with a .431/.323/.636 shooting line.