Brandon Knight's future completely changed in the dead of the night when the Phoenix Suns traded Knight and Marquese Chriss to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton. Knight goes from one of the weaker teams in the West to a legitimate contender.
But according to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports, Knight might not be ready at the start of training camp due to a “minor cleanup on his knee.” Gambadoro did say that Knight should be read for the start of the regular season. This is a setback for the guard in his recovery from a torn ACL that cost him all of last season, and it could slow his integration into the rotation.
Anytime a player changes teams, it takes time to develop chemistry with his teammates and get acclimated to his new environment. Less time in training camp could slow some of his progress on both of these fronts.
But once Knight is acclimated to Houston, he will be a guard they can bring in off the bench to spell Chris Paul and James Harden. Knight is significantly overpaid, but he still has the potential to be a rotational player.
Knight's minutes dropped significantly from the 2015-16 season to the 2016-17 season. He fell out of favor in Phoenix, but perhaps a change of scenery is exactly what he needs. The Rockets rarely play without James Harden or Chris Paul on the floor. Playing alongside two of the best guards in the game could help Knight unlock his potential.
But if he's going to unlock any of his potential, he'll need to get healthy first.