Knicks free agency rumors: New York doesn’t need free agent splash, Damyean Dotson says
NBA free agency rumors: Nuggets, Mavericks hoping to ‘swoop in and lure’ Tobias Harris away from 76ers LeBron James welcomes Anthony Davis by giving him No. 23, report says While there’s mounting speculation as to what the Knicks will do when free agency opens Sunday, guard Damyean Dotson doesn’t believe New York needs to make big moves. Dotson told the New York Post in a phone interview Wednesday that he feels the Knicks will be strong enough with the young core they already have. Dotson, New York’s second-round pick in 2017, is coming off a season in which he played with a torn labrum. He had shoulder surgery in mid-May, but feels he will be ready to make an impact in his third season with the Knicks. “I watched him a couple of Duke games,’’ Dotson said. “I like his game a lot. He’s explosive, athletic. He’s a good 1, 2 guard. Big strong guy. I think he’ll definitely help us become a better team.”The Knicks have been rumored to go after Kevin Durant in free agency, though he’s expected to miss next season to recover from a torn Achilles. New York has also been linked to Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving, though the Nets are reportedly the favorites to land Irving.Knicks president Steve Mills said earlier this month that they are “going to do everything” they can to attract free agents to New York. “I’m a young guy still,’’ Dotson said. “We have a full team of young guys. My teammates Allonzo (Trier), Kev (Kevin Knox) Mitchell (Robinson), RJ (Barrett), we’re rising stars. We can build together and one day become a great team if we work hard keep listening to coach (David Fizdale). All the guys played last year got experience.”Another difference Dotson pointed to is the addition of RJ Barrett, who the Knicks selected with the No. 3 overall pick out of this year’s draft. Related News Kyrie Irving free agency rumors: Lakers ‘swinging for the fences’ in trying to land star “As long as they’re the guys that buy into what we’re trying to do as an organization,” Mills told The Undefeated. “Our plan was to organically build this team through teamwork, drafting well, getting high-character guys that want to compete. The (salary cap) space was a byproduct of that. If the right guys are there for us, great, because we still have all the young pieces and draft picks to move forward.“And if they’re not, we’re going to keep building our plan, drafting our guys, playing well and potentially being trade partners. We feel really good about where we are going.”New York finished with a league-worst 17-65 record last season, missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.