The Suns came into this season with loads of young talent and a log jam in the backcourt. Devin Booker really impressed everyone last season, earning him a starting role and moving Brandon Knight to the bench. Knight has struggled this season averaging 13.1 points per game on 39% shooting and 2.9 assists.
This awful start to the season is coming off a season where he played 52 games, averaged 19.6 points per game on 42% shooting and 5.1 assists. With a 8-21 start to the season it has come apparent that Knight will be available for trade offers until the trade deadline. Knight is still a very serviceable combo guard despite his poor start and could be a great addition to another team.
Here are three teams that could possibly be interested in a trade for Knight.
The Magic have started the season 13-18 which is pretty mediocre. Despite their start and the fact that it is still very early in the season, the Magic have a legitimate chance to sneak into the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference, that hasn’t shown much depth so far this season.
Knight could be a key addition as a combo guard, that could match with Elfrid Payton or Evan Fournier. Knight can really pick up the lack of scoring ability Payton has and run the point guard when Payton comes off the floor.
The Timberwolves have also gotten off to a rough start. The Timberwolves are now 9-19 under new coach Tom Thibodeau, who had high expectations of this team to make the playoffs. Rumors have come out that the Timberwolves would be willing to trade a young asset for a “more established veteran”. Knight is entering his 6th season in the NBA now and can really bring some leadership to this team.
Knight could be a nice addition off the bench to pair up Rubio and/or Lavine in the backcourt. All Knight might need is a change in role and scenery to turn his season around. If the Timberwolves bring him in and he plays relatively close to as he did last season, he can be a driving force for Minnesota to rise in the standings.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder seem to be a hard team to figure out this season. They’re 17-12 which seems to be mostly contributed by Russel Westbrook’s one man show. The Thunder need more scoring options and have been rumored to be targeting Rudy Gay in a trade. If this trade doesn’t work out, Knight would be a very good addition.
The Thunder can really use another option off the bench especially with the lack of production from Anthony Morrow, a guy they relied on to come off the bench and hit threes. Knight is 36% career three-point shooter so he can be a help in that department. They could also utilize Knight in a 3-guard lineup that isn’t too uncommon with Westbrook and Oladipo. This would give Westbrook another option to dish it out to when driving into the paint, adding another dynamic to their starting lineup.