Mike D’Antoni says Brandon Knight could be available in 7-10 days
Houston Rockets point guard Brandon Knight has been dealing with an ACL injury since March of 2017 but it sounds like the former eighth overall pick is nearing a return, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle‘s Jonathan Feigen.
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, with no immediate plans to alter his backcourt rotation of James Harden, Chris Paul and Eric Gordon, was not sure when or how Knight would fit in the mix. On Monday, he estimated that it could be a week to 10 days before Knight would be available, but said he could only estimate before Knight had a chance to go through multiple practices.
Knight, 27-years-old, went through his first full team practice with the Rockets on Wednesday morning. D’Antoni says they’ll continue to incorporate him into their workouts in the coming days.
“He’ll practice when we practice,” D’Antoni told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. “Probably another week or so, then we can try to work him in. That’s going to be a little dicey. A week to 10 days, if we need him, maybe.”
However, even when he is fully cleared for game action, Knight will likely have a hard time finding minutes as the Rockets are stacked in the backcourt.
In the 382 games Knight has played over the course of his career, the former Kentucky Wildcat has racked up averages of 15.2 points on 41.5 percent shooting from the field (35.7 percent from beyond the arc), 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and just under one steal (0.9) in 31.3 minutes per game (per Basketball Reference).
The Rockets will be back in action on Thursday night, as they’re scheduled for a matchup against the Utah Jazz.
Tip-off inside Vivint Smart Home Arena is set for 10:30 p.m. EST with TNT having live broadcast coverage.