Former Kentucky Wildcats point guard Brandon Knight is on the move.
Adrian Wojnarowski reported last night that Knight, along with young forward Marquess Chriss are being traded from the Phoenix Suns to the Houston Rockets, in exchange for Ryan Anderson and De’Anthony Melton.
Houston has traded Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton to Phoenix for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 31, 2018
For Knight, it will be interesting to see what comes of this move. He missed all of last season after suffering an ACL tear, but with very few guard options in Phoenix, he could have very well been a starter for the Suns alongside former Wildcat Devin Booker.
In Houston, Knight will be competing with Michael Carter-Williams and Eric Gordon for backcourt minutes off the bench. He certainly is talented enough to provide quality minutes off the bench in the case of an injury to Chris Paul or James Harden, but each of those two play heavy minutes and Eric Gordon has been one of the best sixth man options in the league for the last few years. Knight will definitely have his work cut out for him to carve a spot in the Houston rotation.
On the positive side, Knight does land on a team that will be a contender in the Western Conference and was one game away from knocking off the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Adding a young forward in Chriss should be very beneficial to Houston as well as they look to take down the Warriors this year.
Hopefully Knight will be able to stay healthy and carve out a role as a quality backcourt option off the bench in Houston.