Suns not trading Eric Bledsoe; not shopping Brandon Knight yet
The two were starters last season, until Bledsoe suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee in December, which pushed then-rookie Devin Booker to become the starting shooting guard for the final 44 games of the season.
Booker found his footing and impressed during stretches of the month, enough to earn him an appearance at the All-Star Weekend Three-Point Contest.
This season, coach Earl Watson and the team seem to highly tout Booker as their potential franchise player, as he recently earned the starting spot over Knight.
“Still, the Suns did not flip a coveted Lakers pick for Knight, and then pay him $14 million per season, to be a backup. The league is cool on Knight now, but given the dearth of wings, the Suns might find a palatable trade market if Knight starts strong. (There is no indication that they have any interest in trading Bledsoe right now, sources say.)” (via ESPN Senior Writer Zach Lowe)
Knight has done well in his two preseason games. He led the team with 17 points in Wednesday’s game against the Utah Jazz, going 7-of-16 from the floor with four rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block in 25 minutes of play.
The Suns would be wise to wait for him to heat up and find his niche as a sixth man as it could not only benefit them, but also raise his stock throughout the league before engaging in potential trade talks.