An ESPN analyst has confirmed that Brandon Knight is one of the top candidates to be traded by the Phoenix Suns in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
Knight, who was recently announced as the “sixth man” for the young team, could be losing major role with Phoenix, which has top guards Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker in their starting backcourt.
Suns rumors of trading Knight made the NBA headlines after they announced the guard’s bench role in the upcoming season. Phoenix’s head coach Earl Watson said that they see Knight as player who has starter’s capabilities but the loaded backcourt has forced the team to move one of their guards to assuming the bench job.
“The Suns did not flip a coveted Lakers pick for Knight, and then pay him $14 million per season, to be a backup,” ESPN basketball analyst Zach Lowe said in a recent article.
“The league is cool on Knight now, but given the dearth of wings, the Suns might find a palatable trade market if Knight starts strong. (There is no indication that they have any interest in trading Bledsoe right now, sources say.)”
This means that it’s key for the Suns that Knight have a good start in the regular season. If Knight plays well with a bench role, Knight’s trade value will rise and other NBA teams could see him as a starting PG for their team.
With a starting role, Knight averaged 19.6 points and 5.1 assists in 52 games last season.
There are a number of NBA teams that wants to upgrade their point guard position. Teams like the Dallas Mavericks (Deron Williams), Houston Rockets (Patrick Beverley), Milwaukee Bucks (Matthew Dellavedova), San Antonio Spurs (Tony Parker), Sacramento Kings (Darren Collison) and Philadelphia 76er (Jerryd Bayless).
Among them, the Sixers have the young prospects to offer while others can give future first round picks. More Suns rumors are expected during the season and February trade deadline involving their sixth man Brandon Knight.
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