According to a report from the New York Post, the Milwaukee Bucks are reportedly shaping up to be a free agent suitor for New York Knicks wing Damyean Dotson this offseason.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ 2019-20 season remains on hold for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus outbreak.
While we all cling to any hope of this championship-contending season continuing in some way, the Bucks are always looking ahead to continue maintaining and building their roster even as their title hopes have been put on the backburner.
Per a report from Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Bucks are “expected” to be one of three suitors for third-year New York Knicks wing Damyean Dotson this offseason, along with the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz:
“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.”
A restricted free agent, the 25-year-old has spent all three years of his NBA career with the Knicks and has shown off his shooting acumen over that span as he’s a career 36.1 percent 3-point shooter on 573 career attempts. Along with that, Dotson has averaged 7.8 points on .419/.361/.721 shooting splits, 2.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists across 3,314 total minutes and 165 career appearances (42 starts).
Dotson’s ability to heat up from long distance certainly makes for an appealing 3-and-D-centric addition for any team this offseason, not just the Bucks, especially after he fell out of favor under interim Knicks head coach Mike Miller before this break.
With all that said, Dotson does carry a questionable history dating back to his time in the college ranks before being selected with the 44th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. That’s due to being accused of sexual assault following his sophomore season at Oregon University. Dotson as well as two other former teammates weren’t officially charged, but they were subsequently dismissed from the Ducks’ basketball program back in 2014.
Dotson resuscitated his basketball career at the University of Houston for his junior and senior campaigns to provide him the launching pad needed to enter the NBA three years ago.
As for the Bucks, addressing the wing position on their depth chart will be of some priority this offseason.
As of now, the only player under contract for next season is second-year guard Donte DiVincenzo. Both Sterling Brown and Pat Connaughton will be free agents this offseason, though Brown will be a restricted free agent. The same goes for 39-year-old veteran sharpshooter Kyle Korver, and Wesley Matthews does hold a player option for the 2020-21 season currently slotted for $2.7 million, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
With the Bucks already projected to be in the luxury tax, even before superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s supermax decision, and before the suspension of this season, trying to find value deals on players of Dotson’s profile will be crucial to maintaining the depth of their championship-contending core.
By no means, does that mean to pencil Dotson into the Bucks’ 2020-21 roster as we’ve seen the Bucks generally shy away from character risks, especially the ones the Houston native has in his history, under general manager Jon Horst.
For now, the Bucks’ interest in Dotson generally points to a general need the team will have to address whenever the offseason does go on following the end of the 2019-20 season. That is, if this year hasn’t already ended.