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NBA Rumors: Brandon Knight trade after move to bench? Sixers dangling Nerlens Noel?

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Brandon Knight has lost his starting spot with the Phoenix Suns. Latest NBA rumors have the team sending the point guard to another team since they already have quality guards in Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker.

Paul Coro of AZcentral.com reports that Suns head coach Earl Watson have confirmed that the starting backcourt will feature the veteran combo guard Bledsoe and rising young star Booker with Knight becoming their primary sixth man in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.

“That’s the starting lineup for the season,” Watson said in the article when asked about their starting five for the new NBA season. “We’re not wasting time. We’re not lingering with inner-competition.”

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Watson clarified that Knight is okay with the decision for the bench role and that he is still a starting guard quality in the league.

“Brandon Knight is not a bench player. He’s a starter in this league. He’s sacrificed the most for our group. He took it like the pro he is because he understands the opportunity that we have to be special. Do players like coming off the bench? No, and we embrace that. That’s the inner-competitive nature that we need,” Watson added.

The decision is interesting because the Suns have been involved in NBA rumors that they want to trade one of their guards to address a weaker position.

One team in search of a starting guard is the Philadelphia 76ers, a team that is loaded with big men in Nerlens Noel, Dario Saric, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid. Ben Simmons, who also plays the four-spot, could be out for the season due to a foot injury, according to NBA rumors.

Even without Simmons, the Sixers still want a more “balanced roster”, as mentioned from their front office earlier in the offseason.

Via RealGM Trade Checker, a Brandon Knight for Jerryd Bayless and Nerlens Noel trade under NBA trade rules. This can only happen after December 14, 2016 because Bayless signed a contract this offseason.

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The Sixers-Suns trade makes sense for both squads. Phoenix gets a defensive-minded forward and he will fit alongside Tyson Chandler or Alex Len. Philadelphia gets their starting point guard and will still have lots of big men in their line-up.

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