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Rockets’ Brandon Knight to make season debut vs. Lakers

Brandon Knight, LeBron James, Lonzo Ball

The Houston Rockets host LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night and the team will see guard Brandon Knight for the first time in a Rockets uniform.

The Rockets acquired Brandon Knight from the Phoenix Suns in the Ryan Anderson trade over the summer, but the scoring guard hasn’t played in a game yet this year, as he was recovering from an ACL injury in his left knee.

Brandon Knight, who missed the entire 2017-18 season with the Suns, had a minor cleanup on his knee before training camp started, which put a delay on his season debut with Houston. Since entering the league, Knight has had trouble staying healthy. He had surgery on his left ankle in April of 2015 and has missed a few games due to back ailments as well. His style of play puts a lot of stress on his joints.

Knight, 27, has career averages of 15.2 points in 382 NBA games. The eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft out of the University of Kentucky is owed $14.6 million this season by Houston and $15.6 million next year.

The Rockets are really struggling on offense right now, so the return of Knight will be a big boost to the club. Houston is averaging only 108.4 points per game this year, 20th in the NBA.