There is an incentive for the Suns to move Knight. So far this season, they have diminished Knight’s role, and he is not being used to his maximum potential. His minutes have been cut by over 10 per game this season.
If they could trade for someone who can help them more and be more effective overall for what the Suns need, then that might be a good deal for them.
Now, given that the Suns have won just nine games so far this year, and the Sixers have won less than that, a deal won’t necessarily help these teams improve themselves to the point that they would make it to the playoffs, but it could help them further their strategies for their long-term rebuilds.
Critics believe that the Sixers could use Knight to their advantage, especially once Ben Simmons returns to active duty. With Jerryd Bayless out for the season, the Sixers need a guard to play alongside Simmons that is a combo guard and that can score off passes from Simmons.
Knight can be that player, often playing the point guard and shooting guard position, for just about an equal amount of distribution in each position.
He is a decent passer himself, which may take away a bit from Simmons’ facilitating, but overall he is a decent scorer and could take advantage of Simmons’ court vision just as much as any other player who has a knack for scoring.