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Report: Kings and Suns have long discussed Brandon Knight trade

Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 26: Brandon Knight #11 of the Phoenix Suns loses the ball as he attemtps a shot against DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 26, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Kings defeated the Suns 113-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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With Darren Collison suspended and Ty Lawson their only other player at the position, the Kings were desperate for a point guard to begin the season.

They have been linked to Michael Carter-Williams, Cameron Payne and Goran Dragic.

Another player on the radar? The Suns’ Brandon Knight.

Brian Windhorst on The Lowe Post podcast:

It’s hard to read Sacramento. Sacramento talks a lot then never does anything. So, Sacramento is very frustrating to people. But I know that Sacramento has been to talking to Phoenix about Brandon Knight since the summer. Will that ultimately get done? I don’t know.

Collison has been solid since returning, and Lawson has thrived lately. On one hand, those two might be good enough. On the other hand, suddenly in the thick of a playoff race, the Kings have more incentive to upgrade.

I’m just not sure Knight is that upgrade. He has struggled coming off the bench for the Suns, and his court vision as a lead guard always left plenty to be desired. Maybe he could be a combo guard in Sacramento, but Knight hasn’t been good enough this year to do more than further crowd a Kings backcourt that already has Garrett Temple in that role.

If Sacramento and Phoenix have talked this long about a trade, maybe there’s traction. The ability to deal recently signed players Dec. 15 could open doors.