Brandon Knight, the Phoenix Suns point guard, has been relegated to a sixth man role this season due to the return of Eric Bledsoe and the emergence of Devin Booker.
Last season, Knight started 50 out of 52 games before being ruled out of the season due to a sports hernia.
Knight averaged a career-high tally of 19.6 points, 5.6 assists and 3.9 rebounds before the season-ending injury.
In recent months, there have been several reports of the Suns looking to trade either Bledsoe or Knight in order to hand over the reigns of the offense to Booker.
In fact, the feeling within the Suns organization is that Booker is already the new franchise player.
Earlier this week, Knight told The Arizona Republic that he has embraced his sixth man role despite coming off a career season.
“It’s definitely a sacrifice. We all have to do it to try to make the team better. Like I said, this is part of it.
“As long as I’m going out and remaining positive and trying to lift the team up and we’re winning games, that’s what you want to be part of – a winning situation,” said the sixth-year guard.
Brandon Knight to be traded?
Despite Knight’s optimism, it’s too premature to rule out the possibility of a trade.
ESPN’s Chad Ford reported earlier this week that the Suns are still inclined to test the market for Knight.
“The Suns might actually prefer to trade Knight who, while younger, bigger and a bit more durable, isn’t the decision-maker or dynamic scorer that Bledsoe is.
“Knight’s contract is also a year longer than Bledsoe’s, though in the current contract environment, his $12.5 million per year might actually be a steal.
“Either way, expect one of these two Suns guards to be gone by the trade deadline,” wrote Ford.
Back in June, there were several reports which indicated that Knight or Bledsoe won’t make it through the 2016-17 season.