With the deadline for players entering their fourth year to reach rookie-scale extensions looming Friday night at midnight, Brandon Knight’s decision is already made. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that talks between Knight and the Milwaukee Bucks have ended, and the point guard will be a restricted free agent next summer.
Milwaukee’s extension talks with Brandon Knight have ended, sources tell Yahoo Sports. Knight plans to enter restricted free agency in July.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 31, 2014
Knight’s value is difficult to pinpoint. He was likely asking for an extension in the range of other point guards who have signed them in recent years, including Kemba Walker’s four-year $48 million deal with the Hornets earlier this week. In his three years in the NBA, Knight has proven to be a solid point guard, if a cut below the Ty Lawson/Jrue Holiday tier that have received extensions for eight figures annually. Knight scored 22 points on 5-for-17 shooting with eight rebounds and 13 assists in the Bucks’ season-opening loss in Charlotte.
As a free agent, it’s difficult to see Knight drawing offers much higher than what he would have received in an extension. The point guard position is so deep around the league that only a handful of teams would view him as an upgrade, and the Bucks can match any offer sheet a team signs him to. It will be interesting to see what kind of deal he gets next summer, but in the meantime, he has a lot to prove this season with Milwaukee.