Suns guard Brandon Knight out for season with torn ACL
Suns point guard Brandon Knight is expected to miss the entire 2017-18 season with a torn ACL, the team announced Tuesday.
The 6-3 point guard averaged a career-low 11.0 points per game in his third full season in Phoenix. He made only five starts, following a campaign that saw him average a career-high 19.6 points per game.
Drafted eighth overall by the Pistons out of Kentucky in 2011, the Suns are Knight’s third NBA stop, following a two-year stint in Milwaukee.
Knight has been the subject of trade rumors in recent months, given his lack of playing time last season and his pricey contract; he’s still owed $44 million over the next three seasons.
Analysis (Gatto): Arizona is comfortably ahead in the NL wild-card race but is still looking for offensive upgrades. It gets a big one in free-agent-to-be Martinez , who entered Tuesday’s game with 16 home runs and a 1.018 OPS. He left Monday’s game in Kansas City with a back issue, but obviously that wasn’t enough of a deterrent for the Snakes, whose primary outfielders are now Martinez, A.J. Pollock and David Peralta. Yasmany Tomas will make the lineup even deeper as soon as he comes off the DL. Detroit, meanwhile, begins its roster renovation in earnest. This should just be the first act by GM Al Avila, who snags three prospects for Martinez. Lugo, 22, is the closest to the majors; the third baseman/shortstop hit seven homers for Double-A Jackson (Southern) this season.
Analysis (Rivera): Well, it’s about time. You could have picked a couple panhandlers off the streets of Washington D.C. and they would have helped the Nats bullpen. Instead, Washington gets two quality arms to help solidify a glaring issue. Good move for Washington, as they’re probably looking World Series or bust this season.