Brandon Knight has had a relatively unsuccessful period in Phoenix since the Suns traded for him back in February 2015 during his best spell in the NBA.
Knight was coming off an incredibly impressive few months in Milwaukee to start the season in 2014-15, where he had begun to kick on and take his game to a higher level, yet he has not been able to hit the same heights in Phoenix.
His points per game were up last season, but his efficiency down across the board, with him only able to play 52 games before his season was ended with an adductor injury which had cost him time earlier in the year.
Unfortunately for Knight, Suns rookie Devin Booker impressed throughout his debut season in the league, finishing fourth in voting for Rookie of the Year and making the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
It was clear from his performances that the franchise had discovered their new star, who will now start alongside point guard Eric Bledsoe at the start of the year, with head coach Earl Watson announcing Knight will come off the bench this past week.
This seems as though it would be unsustainable to keep Knight coming off the bench, and may only end one way with the amount the Suns are paying Knight ($14m per year), so either he or Bledsoe could find themselves traded, and according to the well-informed Zach Lowe of ESPN, they have no interest in moving Bledsoe at this moment in time.
So there is a certainly possibility that at some point in the season, Phoenix could look to move Knight, but they would certainly be looking to bring in a good return in order to do so, having given up a first round pick to acquire him initially from the Bucks.
It’s certainly an interesting conundrum and one Phoenix may have to give time to explore, but for now, Knight will be resigned to bench, and must try to take every opportunity he is given.