In a move to further enhance their tanking tactic for the rest of the season, the Phoenix Suns have recently announced that they will be shutting down Brandon Knight for their remaining games on their schedule.
Suns coach Earl Watson says guard Brandon Knight will not play the rest of the season.
— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) March 18, 2017
This is more of a confirmation rather than a surprise as the 6-foot-3 guard has been out of the team’s rotation since the All-Star break.
With the Arizona-based franchise also shutting down Eric Bledsoe, head coach Earl Watson now has an opportunity to focus on the development of his young backcourt. Sophomore guard Devin Booker appears to be the franchise player of the future while 21-year-old rookie point guard Tyler Ulis is also a very promising prospect. Both will be given bigger roles for the remainder of the season and this will definitely help in their progress.
After a very impressive campaign with the Suns last year with averages of 19.6 points and 5.9 assists in 36 minutes per ballgame, Knight has seen a substantial decline in his usage rate this term. He is no longer part of the starting unit and with just 21.1 minutes of average playing time per contest, the University of Kentucky alum has had difficulty establishing himself as a significant part of the team.
Although Knight is just on the second year of his five-year $70 million deal, it would not be surprising if the Suns decide to offload him come offseason considering the fact that there appears to be a surplus in the guard position for the team.