HoopsHype Brandon Knight rumors


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That means he will enter next summer as a restricted free agent, joining a crowded group of point guards scheduled to hit the market. But league executives don’t expect Knight to go very far. Certainly, if Knight has his way, he will sign the kind of contract he was looking for this summer from the Bucks, and keep himself in Milwaukee. Even if he signs a free-agent deal elsewhere, because he is a restricted free agent, the Bucks can match the contract. “I don’t really have a choice anyway,” Knight told Sporting News. “Milwaukee has the right to match, so if they want me to stay, I am staying. But there are no ill feelings or bad blood, it just didn’t work out at the time. I am looking forward to this summer and sitting down after we have a better year than we did last year and working something out this summer.” Sporting News

Thus far, his relationship with Kidd has been good, and Kidd obviously likes him — Kidd has used every bit of his roster thus far this year, but Knight is the only Buck averaging more than 30 minutes per game. Surely a contract can’t be far behind. “Hopefully, at the end of this year, we will revisit it then, and it will work out how it was supposed to,” Knight said. “I like being in Milwaukee, I love my teammates, I love the staff, this is a great place to be. I enjoy it here, so hopefully this summer we can work it out so I can stay.” Sporting News

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Adrian Wojnarowski: Milwaukee's extension talks with Brandon Knight have ended, sources tell Yahoo Sports. Knight plans to enter restricted free agency in July. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

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Knight, taken by Detroit as the No. 8 pick in 2011, remains a critical figure to the Bucks' chances for significant improvement. He is entering his fourth NBA season but will not turn 23 years old until Dec. 2. "I look at Brandon, he goes at the speed that I think I went at when I was 19 or 20 years old," Kidd said. "It's understanding what he can see at that speed. "Some people can't see that, so they might think he's out of control. But when he's been playing early on, he's finding open guys and getting a lot of his teammates shots. I don't mind that speed as long as it's under control." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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On the surface, at least, Knight doesn’t seem the least bit distracted by his contract situation. He insists he's only concerned about building on last season’s breakout campaign. “That’s for agents to do and for the media to talk about,’’ Knight said about his contract situation. “He (Bledsoe) did his thing this year and his agent (Rich Paul) did a great job of getting him that deal. “I’m taking it day by day. I’m not even focusing on that now. Either way, I’m going to play well this season like I played well last season.’’ Racine Journal-Times

Knight, an extremely confident but not cocky sort, firmly believes it’s the latter. “I do. Of course,’’ Knight responded when asked if he considered himself an upper-echelon caliber player. “I’m not going to sit here and tell you I’m not. I think I've showed I can play with the best of them. “If I went down a list, I don’t think there’s anything I can’t do on the court.’’ Racine Journal-Times

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