Time for the Suns to divorce Brandon Knight
As the Phoenix Suns sit and watch the playoffs another season, they have a lot of decisoins to make. Although they have made the commitment to go young and build with young players, one of those young players that will be tough to move or to play.
Guard Brandon Knight, who refused to go in a game, was shut down for the season is still under contract until 2020 with the Suns being on the hook for his $70 million.
Knight does not see himself as role player, let alone a bench role player. His minutes were all career lows for the 25-year old:
• 21.1 minutes per game
• 11.0 points per game
• 2.4 assist per game
• 44% shooting
Before being shut down, knight was regularly DNP’s and lost his minutes to rookie Tyler Ulis who showed toughness and energy on both sides of the ball.
All this did not sit well with Knight who lost his starting spot to Devin Booker and was told Eric Bledsoe would be the starting point guard, and would be the sixth man.
With his skill set, this seems to have been the perfect fit for the talented Knight. But it wasn’t.
Knight felt so and said he didn’t see is role changing on more than one occasion.
Knight had the opportunity to be this seasons Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets), Lou Williams (Los Angeles Lakers/Houston Rockets) or Jamal Crawford (Los Angeles Clippers). All previous starters who accepted their roles and had outstanding seasons and helped their teams.
Instead Knight went the other way and played himself out of rotation.
He off course felt wronged and with the Suns record of ex-players taking shots at them as they walked out the door, you might see the his point, but did he really have one?
He was outplayed by Booker and Bledsoe and intensity and talent propelled Ulis into the role of first guard off the bench.
So where does that leave him now. The Suns were unable to move him at the trade deadline and it appears his trade value has been lowered going into the offseason. It does not help that this is a guard rich draft.
Cheaper and younger players that come with no preceived baggage.
At exit interviews, management stated that they have to do something to put “Brandon in the best position to be successful” and lets face it that appears to be out of a Suns uniform.
A team that went 24 – 58 can’t afford to go into next season with a player that’s clearly not happy with his role.
Too much is at stake for the teams future. Head coach Earl Watson and general manager Ryan McDonough will have to prove they are the right people for the job and another poor season may affect their future.
That leaves one option. Divorce any disgruntled players.
They did it with Markieff Morris and Archie Goodwin.
A divorce is imminent. We are just waiting to see if it will be by trade or release.