NBA Trade Rumors: Will Phoenix Suns Trade A Struggling Brandon Knight This Season?
As December 15 quickly approaches, the NBA "trade mill" has started to become busier. All teams, irrespective of their current standings, are thinking about some plan or the other to get their acts together and give a better shot at their goals. Of course, the better-placed teams need to do less than those who are yet to get into the shape.
The period leading to December 15 might see smaller moves in the trade market, said Tim Daniels of the Bleacher Report. On December 15, those players who were signed in free agency in the offseason this year will become eligible for the trade.
Though more serious stories on trade will be seen around that date but the NBA 2016-17 regular season, despite being just a month old, has seen scores of rumors doing the rounds about the possible trading of players.
And one such rumor has been around Phoenix Suns' Brandon Knight. The 24-year-old point guard, who is playing his sixth season this year, has featured just four times in the starting lineup in nearly 20 games the Suns have played so far this year. Last year, he had started in 50 games. Also, his average of 25.1 minutes per game is also not speaking great about his value for the Suns. Knight re-signed with the Suns for five years in 2015 for $70 million.
Also, if Basketball-Reference.com is to be believed, Knight's player efficiency rating of 11.7 has been his worst since 2011-12 when he started his journey. Poor shooting has been the prime reason for this low ranking, said Daniels.
The Suns have been struggling this season with just five wins as against 13 losses in the Western Conference and might be looking to make a few changes in a bid to improve their standings.
However, according to ESPN's Marc Stein, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said in an interview that he wasn't "actively trying" to find a deal for Knight and would like to give a couple of months to the team before seriously considering trades. But yet the rival teams have not lost sight of Knight.
A trade could be a blessing for Knight, who has a nice blending of experience and youth in him, as well. A new team could give him the comfort zone he requires to emerge as a player of a bigger impact.