Brandon Knight RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:188 lbs. / 85.7 kg.
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:188 lbs. / 85.7 kg.
With an intricate plan in place for the first day of free agency, the Suns showed Aldridge what type of team that they envision being before they even met with him. The Suns opened free agency by adding veteran center Tyson Chandler with a four-year, $52 million agreement and by coming to terms to keep guard Brandon Knight on a five-year, $70 million contract.
David Aldridge: Told strongly that Suns will not be trading Eric Bledsoe in wake of Brandon Knight deal. FWIW.
Brandon Knight has reached agreement on a five-year, $70 million contract extension with the Phoenix Suns, league sources told Yahoo Sports.: 2 more rumors
Eric Pincus: The Phoenix Suns made Brandon Knight a restricted free agent with a qualifying offer @BBallInsiders
Steve Kyler: Heard its been verbally agreed 5 years and roughly $70 million, we’ll see if that is where it stays. twitter.com/VanBerf/status…
Marc Stein: That Suns will seriously explore their Eric Bledsoe trade options if they indeed strikes the deal w/B-Knight that @Gery Woelfel is reporting: 6 more rumors
Knight, whom the Milwaukee Bucks traded to the Phoenix Suns in February in a multiple-team deal, appears on the brink of signing a lucrative long-term contract to remain with the Suns. I’ve been told by an NBA official that Knight, who’ll become a restricted free agent on July 1, will sign a five-year, $70 million contract with the Suns. Knight, who is 23, was enjoying an All-Star caliber season – 17.8 points and 5.4 assists — before the Bucks surprisingly sent him to the Suns. He then played 11 games for the Suns, averaging 13.4 and 4.5 assists. After suffering an ankle injury March 9, Knight missed 16 of the Suns’ final 17 games. He underwent minor arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle in April.: 2 more rumors
The Suns were in this situation with Bledsoe a year ago and it dragged out the entire summer before he signed a five-year, $70 million deal. The Suns will be more proactive and are working with a more communicative client. “He’s a guy who made a good impression on us,” McDonough said of Knight. “He didn’t play as much as we’d like because of the injury but, at 23 years old, it’s amazing how young he is given he’s been in the league four years and was a borderline All-Star last year for Milwaukee. He’s certainly one of our top priorities, if not the top priority. We want a quick process with all of our guys, him included. We’ve got good vibes from him about his time in Phoenix. I imagine he will be one of the first guys we call, if not the first.”: 2 more rumors
“I thought it was fine,” Knight told SiriusXM NBA Radio. “I think it’s really just about making the right play. I enjoy playing with Eric because Eric is, first, he’s a great talent and he’s not a selfish player. He’s very, very unselfish. He’s trying to make the right play, trying to win. As far as playing with Eric goes, I think it’s a great thing because you have two players who can attack at any time. Instead of having one team focus on just one of us, being able to have two guys who can really break down a defense at any time, I think will not only make it easy for myself but also make it easier for him as well. If Eric was a selfish guy, then I think it wouldn’t work but both of us being pretty unselfish guys and really just wanting to win and also being familiar with each other, I think that helps the situation.”
“I’ll continue to do the same things that I did this past year to continue to get better,” Knight said. “For me, it’s more of a team thing. I really want to try to push the guys on the Suns and this organization to be better, not just myself. I think true leaders make people around them better and that’s what it’s going to take for us to really take that next step. We’ve got to have each and every guy get better, not just myself but our entire team has to take steps this summer. It starts right now.”
“I think I was traded because I played so well,” Knight said. “My value increased so quickly. That’s the reason I was traded.” Knight said “our entire team was shocked” by the trade, especially after the Bucks had won eight of their past nine games entering the All-Star break.
Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight has had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle. The Suns said Saturday that Dr. Richard Ferkel performed the surgery Friday in Los Angeles.
For the second consecutive year, a point guard in his first season with the Suns was leaving US Airways Center after an injury-marred, non-playoff season and heading into restricted free agency. But Brandon Knight does not sound like he wants any part of the summer-long saga that teammate Eric Bledsoe had last year before agreeing to a deal in late September. Unlike Bledsoe’s non-committal approach to free agency after last season ended, Knight expressed a desire to return to Phoenix on Wednesday when the Suns met as a team and had individual exit interviews with team brass. “If it can be quick and easy, that’s the best thing,” Knight said. “You don’t want to go through a fight or anything like that or you don’t want to drag it out as well. Definitely don’t want anything that leads up to training camp. For me, it’s just about doing what’s best for me and my family and the Suns will do the same. I’m optimistic about the situation. I like it here. I like the way I’ve been treated so far. Top-class organization. I’m looking forward to a future with the Suns.”
The Suns can match any offer sheet that Knight might sign with another team in July or offer him an additional year that no other team can do. “I enjoy my time here,” Knight said. “I look forward to being here in the future and we’ll see what happens this summer but I’m optimistic about returning next summer.”
Brandon Knight’s Suns season barely even started and now it appears to be shutting down. Knight is not expected to play again this season for the Suns due to a heel bone bruise associated with the left ankle sprain that he suffered on March 9. Knight will not join the Suns on their four-game trip that starts with a Tuesday night game at Atlanta. When the Suns return, the only remaining game will be an April 14 season finale against the Los Angeles Clippers that Knight is not expected to play. “It’s a tough situation,” Knight said. “If it feels better, we’ll see what happens but I’m in no rush to come back and make any worse. You can’t just keep pounding on a bruise and have it get better.”
The Knicks will make their pass at Marc Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge, and likely at Rajon Rondo and/or Goran Dragic, too, but expect them to be aggressive in pursuing as many young free agents as possible. Jackson does not want to build a team around players in their early 30s. That means Reggie Jackson, Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight will factor prominently on the Knicks’ radar as the team looks to avoid its long-standing habit of indulging in short-term fixes that set the franchise back in the long term.
After years of being underrated and overlooked, Knight is beginning to earn his due. To make room for Knight, Phoenix parted ways with point guard Isaiah Thomas as well as Ennis and Plumlee after sending Goran Dragic (and brother Zoran) to the Miami Heat. Suns officials said after the trade they believed that Knight was the best player involved. “A lot of people tried to put limitations on my game and say I wouldn’t be this, I wouldn’t be that,” Knight said. “I think I’ve proven a lot of people wrong. I don’t think a lot of people thought I would be here based on my first two years.”
During the beginning of his career, Knight read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success. Through his struggles in Detroit as a Piston, to his success in Milwaukee, Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule resonated with Knight. “I read that a couple of years ago and kind of thought it reminded me of myself a little bit, as far as you’ve got to put in the hours to be great at a certain event or certain sport,” Knight said. “Whatever it is, you’ve got to put the time in. Of course you’ve got talent, but in order to reach that potential, you have to put that time in to be as great as you want to be.”
Paul Coro: Brandon Knight will return from an eight-game absence and come off the bench, likely early, for #SunsVsThunder tonight.
Asked about the Knight trade’s impact on the team, Kidd said: “It’s something much bigger than that that you guys are going to have to wait and write about. Right? You guys look at the moment. Sometimes you’ve got to look in front of you. I think the trade was a good thing, a positive thing no matter how our record shakes out. We’re here to build something, not to do something in six months. There’s a bigger picture. We feel we have a core here that will be around for a long time and have success.”
Charles F. Gardner: Jason Kidd made vigorous defense of trade deadline deal in pregame at Barclays Center. “We’re here to build something, not to do something in six months. There’s a bigger picture. I think the trade was a good thing, a positive thing no matter how our record shakes out.”