The Phoenix Suns are going through the same thing the Sacramento Kings went through last season with Rudy Gay. Although Gay wanted to be gone and publicly said so, the Kings had their chances to trade him but balked at every deal. Then Gay got hurt and the Kings were left watching as all possibilities for improvement went out the door. Now, it’s the Suns turn to watch as Brandon Knight has to sit and out the door goes Phoenix’s chance of getting a serviceable player or draft pick for their exiled guard.
Knight tore his ACL Tuesday and will likely be out for the 2017-18 NBA season.
While there were rumors that the Suns had Knight on the table, they so far have decided to keep the player who once averaged 20 points per game for the Suns in 2015.
But the Suns decided they wanted to move toward a youth movement and Knight was shelved for Tyler Ulis last season. It was then that the Suns had the perfect opportunity to trade night and his $13.6M a year salary. Now, the Suns are on the hook for that payment when they could have shipped him out-of-town to the Philadelphia 76ers before the 2017 NBA Draft.
The Suns are one of the teams in the West who has the talent to make a move up the standings and position themselves for a playoff berth but the team is entirely too guard heavy. What the Suns must bank on now is a great season by Ulis and Devin Booker and hope they can make a trade for Eric Bledsoe to help get that salary cap down and younger on the wings.
It’s a shame that a player who has the talent to be a lead guard has to go out like this but the Suns are to blame if they miss the playoffs again this year.
The cards were stacked in their favor but they just held on a little too long.