The Phoenix Suns are loaded with guys who can play the point — Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, Tyler Ulis, and Leandro Barbosa. Considering there are a number of teams around the league that could use a solid point guard, you can be sure the trade rumors are coming, even as the Suns see Knight more as a scorer coming off the bench.
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.)
This is one of those cases where the Suns may not be looking to make a move, but if the calls start coming and offers follow, they will listen. Knight hasn’t found a groove in Phoenix since being traded from Milwaukee, the Suns can’t be holding out forever for that to change.
The Suns have some nice young pieces. Devin Booker is locked in as the starting two guard, and players like Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender, and Alex Len are working to establish themselves. But there are holes on a roster that once again doesn’t look playoff bound. If Knight — or Bledsoe for that matter — can be flipped for a wing player that fills a need, the Suns need to at least listen, right?