Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Damyean Dotson to two-year deal worth $4 million.
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.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 23, 2020
Dotson, 26, has spent all three of his NBA seasons with the New York Knicks. For his career, he’s a 36.1% three-point shooter on 3.5 attempts per game. Last year, he appeared in 48 games for the Knicks — all off the bench — and averaged 6.7 points per game.
Dotson played college basketball at the University of Oregon for two seasons and at the University of Houston for two years, averaging 12.9 points per game over that four-year span. At Oregon, he was dismissed from the program after he and two other players were named in a probe looking into an alleged rape of a female off-campus. He was the only player initially charged, but all charges were later dropped. Last year, he sued Oregon over his dismissal.
BBall-Index rates out Dotson as a B- shooter overall and a B catch-and-shoot three-point shooter. That’s where a lot of his value as a player comes from. Defensively, he has good size, but has mostly only defended other shooting guards in his career. If he can hang on that end, he could potentially see minutes. Seemingly, Dotson will fill the Alfonzo McKinnie role of bench depth on the Cavs’ roster. McKinnie was traded to the Lakers on Sunday.
By signing Dotson, the Cavs’ roster now stands at 14. They still have their full mid-level exception to spend, but it seems less likely that they will at this point in free agency. If they add anyone else, it’ll likely be on a minimum deal or something cheap that keeps the Cavs below the tax line.