The Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings have been discussing a trade involving point guard Brandon Knight, according to the latest NBA rumors. Knight has been moved to the bench for the Suns this season and is a likely trade candidate before the trade deadline in February.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Kings have been talking to Phoenix for “several months” now and targeting Knight. Windhorst was a guest on the Zach Lowe’s podcast when he mentioned the possibility that the Suns will trade Knight in Sacramento.
Kings want a starting PG in Brandon Knight
The Kings are once again struggling this season. This is despite the changes within the team including the hiring Dave Joerger as head coach. Sacramento’s weak spot is at the point guard position, where they feature the inconsistent Darren Collison and troubled Ty Lawson.
Earlier in the season, they had to deal with a “trade demand” from the veteran Rudy Gay, who has declared that he will opt out of his contract with Sacramento after the season.
Gay and his expiring contract could be one of the pieces that can net the Kings a young PG like Knight. The veteran forward is being paid about $13.3 million this season with an opt-in for $14.26 million next season. Gay likely wants to play for a playoff/title contender and will explore free agency.
Meanwhile, Knight is earning about $14M per year, until the 2019-2010 season. Knight is a good player, but he’s playing behind Suns’ core players Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker. Trading him to shed off salary makes sense for a Phoenix squad trying to rebuild. Knight is still owed $44M over the next three seasons.
The Suns can use the extra salary cap space next offseason to try to get a veteran star to add to their young core. Meanwhile, the Kings will get their starting point guard and upgrade that position. With Knight, the Kings can realistically battle for a playoff spot this season.
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A straight-up trade involving Knight and Gay works under NBA trade rules. However, the Suns are likely to demand more and the Kings may have to send a future pick to Phoenix if they want these NBA rumors to happen.
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