Tony Parker wants to play a few more years in the NBA but he might be losing his starting point guard job soon with the San Antonio Spurs, who wants to get younger especially in their back court to keep up with the West contenders like the Golden State Warriors.
The Phoenix Suns are mentioned in NBA trade rumors involving Brandon Knight, who has lost his starting PG job from last season.
Are the Suns willing to give up Knight in exchange for Parker plus future draft picks from the Spurs?
“Brandon Knight was also told he’d be coming off the bench this season. It’s probably the right move, and Knight still may see a starter’s share of minutes,” Brett Pollakoff of Fox Sports said in a recent article, which featured the players likely traded in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
“But the reality is that Knight is the second-highest paid player on the team, and he’s technically going to be used as a reserve. The Suns have a ton of young players who need minutes to develop, so if Knight gets off to a decent start, the trade offers that are called into Phoenix may ultimately be too tempting to pass up.”
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With Knight’s role with the team shifted to a reserve role, it might be best for the Suns to trade him for a player like Parker, who can play that role and who has a shorter contract than Knight.
Parker has two years left in his deal while Knight has four years left, the Suns will save money in this Spurs-Suns deal.
The key for the Suns would be the future draft picks from San Antonio. While this will be not be a high draft pick with the expected Spurs’ success this season, Phoenix can settle for a first rounder which they can use for their future and rebuilding.
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The Suns-Spurs deal is just trade rumors for now but Phoenix might eventually trade Brandon Knight, especially if they struggle again this season. Rebuilding with younger pieces will be a top priority for the Suns, while the Spurs want to keep up with the Warriors and other top Western teams.
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