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The problem was, when the Bucks probed, the 76ers weren’t interested in doing a deal straight up for Knight, sources said. A stalemate ensued. It only broke when the second important event happened, which was Dragic publicly demanding a trade away from the Suns just a few days before the deadline. The Suns, fearing they would lose Dragic for nothing in free agency, became motivated to deal.
Coach Jason Kidd had a target in mind as a replacement, former NBA Rookie of the Year Carter-Williams. Both are represented by the same agency, Excel Sports. Another factor was that Carter-Williams, who Kidd felt he could mold and improve his shaky shooting, was under contract for two more seasons at a total of $5.5 million. “When we made the decision to trade Brandon, it gave us the opportunity to not only look at [Carter-Williams] but also flexibility going into the summer,” Kidd said earlier this season. “At that point, we had to figure out which one we could move and had the opportunity to get something in return.”
“Once my art, music and passions off the court feel stable, I will look into coming back,” Sanders told The Vertical. “I still love basketball. I want stability around me, and part of my mindset to leave was not to put all my eggs in one basket. “I feel highly valuable on any team. There aren’t a lot of people who can bring my game to a team. I still play basketball all the time, staying in shape. I will need to make sure the situation is right for me.”