If NBA rumors prove true, Phoenix Sun’s Brandon Knight will be joining for either Sixers or three other teams.
The struggling Knight has been putting in a dismal performance. Hounded by injuries, Knight played only 52 games for the Suns last season. The 24-year-old guard averages 38 percent from the field and 31 percent from 3-point range.
The Suns also puts in a poor performance with Knight on the floor at 13.7 points per 100 possessions.
Knight has been on the bench for some time until T.J. Warren incurred a head injury. The Suns have been using Knight, Eric Bledsoe, and Devin Booker in a three-guard lineup. However, he will revert to the bench during Sun’s game against the Denver Nuggets.
The Phoenix Suns acquired Knight from the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team trade with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Knight A Good Buy-Low Candidate
Despite Knight’s declining numbers, he remains a good candidate for trade, according to a CBS Sports article. Phoenix Suns acquired Knight for good reasons.
“Knight has good steal instincts, is athletic and is a career 36 percent 3-point shooter. There’s good talent there, and at this point, his value is bottom barrel,” the article adds.
So if a team is looking for a guard that can start, come off the bench, or some combination, and can score and run an offense, Knight’s a good buy-low candidate.
Based on NBA rumors, four teams could be eyeing Knight. These are the Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets and the New Orleans Pelicans.
Suns could trade Knight for Philadelphia 76ers’ center Jahlil Okafor. In his rookie year (2015-2016), Okafor averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds per fame. The 3rd overall pick has also been named NBA first-team All-Rookie.
No Plans To Move Knight, Says Team General Manager
Orlando Magic needs someone to help out Elfrid Payton, who has been having offensive struggles lately.
On the other hand, Brooklyn Nets could also convince Phoenix Suns to give up Knight for a package of young players.
Knight will also be a good fit as a shooting guard with the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans have several players they could let go for the 24-year-old.
Suns general manager Ryan Mcdonough, however, quashed NBA rumors on a Knight trade. He maintains they don’t have any plan to trade Knight. “We’re certainly not looking to move Brandon. We haven’t been close to trading Brandon,” Mcdonough clarifies in an interview.
He admits that Knight has the ability to turn up a good performance. “He has the ability to get hot and put up a lot of points in a hurry,” Mcdonough says in the interview. “He hasn’t done that yet for us consistently but I think it’s coming.”