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Brandon Knight is looking to rebuild his career and the Cavaliers are looking to do the same with their entire team.
It could be a nice match.
“I’m definitely excited about the opportunity to continue to work on myself, work on recovering and getting back to being myself,” Knight said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I’m excited about the change of scenery.”
The Cavs are acquiring Knight via a reported three-team trade with the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings. Knight is a 6-foot-3 point guard and coming to Cleveland from Houston, along with forward Marquese Chriss and the Rockets’ first-round draft pick.
The Cavs shipped out shooting guards Alec Burks (to the Kings) and Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin (to the Rockets) as part of the deal. They also sent a second-round pick to the Kings. Former Cavs guard Iman Shumpert was also involved in the deal (Kings to Rockets).
Of all the players in the trade, Knight is the only one who is owed money beyond this season. He is due $15.6 million in 2019-20.
Of all the players in the trade, Knight may also be the one with the most to prove.
He missed all of last season with the Phoenix Suns after a brutal knee injury that required surgery. He was then part of a big-money deal in August that sent Ryan Anderson to the Suns and Knight and Chriss to the Rockets.
Knight returned from the injury, but was got stuck behind the likes of superstar James Harden, Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers in the Rockets’ backcourt. He has appeared in just 12 games this season.
In Cleveland, he’ll be battling for minutes with rookie Collin Sexton and Matthew Dellavedova.
So it’s safe to say Knight’s challenge will be a little less daunting with the Cavs.
That is, assuming he sticks.
There are whispers his rebuilt knee may have robbed him of some quickness. There are whispers the Cavs may be looking for a contract buyout.
For now, though, the former eighth overall pick (2011) is clearly approaching this as an opportunity to help an organization that could use something about which to cheer. Much like Knight himself.
“I’m excited to get on the court and help an organization take the right steps in the right direction,” he said.