Suns guard sustains torn ACL in left knee


Suns guard sustains torn ACL in left knee

Brandon Knight may not take the floor next year.

The Suns guard tore the ACL in his left knee and could miss the entire season, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon.

He sustained the injury last week while playing in Florida.

Knight's production fell off during the 2016-17 campaign, when he appeared in just 54 games.

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He averaged career lows in practically every category -- points (11.0), assists (2.4), rebounds (2.2), steals (0.5), field goal percentage (39.8) and 3-point percentage (32.4).

The year prior, he registered 19.6 points, 5.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds per contest.

Knight entered the league as the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft.

After two seasons with Detroit, he was traded to Milwaukee.

In February 2015, he was traded to Phoenix.

Knight is scheduled to make over $13.6 million next season, over $14.6 million in 2018-19 and over $15.6 million in 2019-20.

With Kyrie Irving reportedly requesting a trade from Cleveland, several national reporters have listed the Suns as a potential landing spot for the All-Star guard...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Warriors activate Damion Lee vs. Jazz while Andre Iguodala sits out


Warriors activate Damion Lee vs. Jazz while Andre Iguodala sits out

SALT LAKE CITY -- The roster roulette among the Warriors has begun.

With veteran forward Andre Iguodala out with tightness in his left calf, the Warriors on Friday activated Damion Lee prior to facing the Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Signed in July to a two-way contract, Lee did not appear in preseason games for the Warriors as he recovered from plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He scrimmaged for the first time on Monday.

“He’s had about five days of live action,” coach Steve Kerr prior to tipoff. “He’s not ready for big minutes, but I wouldn’t hesitate to put him out there for a few.”

Perhaps best known as Stephen Curry’s brother-in-law, Lee’s NBA experience consists of 15 games (11 starts) last season with the Atlanta Hawks. The 6-foot-6 Louisville product spent most of the previous two seasons in the G-League, appearing in 54 games, including 38 last season with the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Iguodala likely will be available Sunday, when the Warriors face the Nuggets at Pepsi Center in Denver.

“He’s doing well,” Kerr said. “It’s the second game of the year. If this were a playoff game, he’d play. But we’re just going to be very cautious.”

Better basketball team or better America? Steve Kerr makes his pick

Better basketball team or better America? Steve Kerr makes his pick

Steve Kerr’s NBA career has been extremely successful. He owns eight championship rings -- five as a player and three more as the Warriors’ coach.

But when asked if he dreams more of a better team or a better country, the socially conscious Kerr delivered a revealing answer.

“We’re pretty good already -- we’ve won back-to-back titles,” Kerr told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Monte Poole in the final installment of a five-part interview only available on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app. “I definitely dream about basketball. That’s my true love. That’s what I do. And I think about basketball all the time -- more than I think about politics.

“But I think the more important issue is probably world peace. So that’s my answer.”

To watch the full interview, in which Kerr also discusses gun laws after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and the importance of next month’s mid-term elections, download the MyTeams app, which is available on iOS and Android.

You also can catch up on the previous four installments of "Steve Kerr: Not Sticking To Sports," and come back all season for complete Warriors coverage as they go for the three-peat.