Suns’ Brandon Knight out for rest of season
The Suns quit on their season months ago.
Now, Brandon Knight – who had played relatively hard through Phoenix’s misery – is more formally calling it a year.
The Suns won’t miss Knight these last few games, because they’re better off losing and improving lottery position. Phoenix is only one game worse than the Nets for the No. 3 seed in the lottery.
Knight had an alright year, both showing the Suns gave up too much to trade for him (a top-three-protected Lakers first-round pick) and the Bucks sort of miss him. Knight’s shooting ability and decent ball-handling would look pretty good next to point Giannis Antetokounmpo right now.
Phoenix can’t afford to dwell on the trade, which could still work out. The immediate concern: How do Eric Bledsoe and Knight (who already had coexistence issues) and Devin Booker fit together? The guards are young enough to delay answering the question a little bit, but if the Suns wanted to be proactive, Knight’s injury makes it harder. Teams might be reluctant to deal for him if he’s coming off surgery.
I don’t know whether Knight is a long-term fit in Phoenix, but this injury makes it more likely he begins next season with the Suns.