Knight will not play for the remainder of the season, per coach Earl Watson, Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic reports.
The decision doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Knight has not been part of the rotation for more than a month. Still, it's somewhat of a disappointing result for those who believed Knight would rebound after somewhat of an underwhelming 2016-16 campaign. The former Kentucky star averaged 19.6 points per game last season but shot just 41.5 percent from the floor, and he immediately struggled to solidify his role with the team in 2016-17. Assuming Knight doesn't see the floor the rest of the season, he'll conclude the campaign with averages of 11.0 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game. Knight, who started five of 54 games played, converted only 39.8 percent of his field goals, while shooting 32.4 percent from three. He's reportedly been battling back spasms of late, but the lottery-bound Suns obviously have other motivations as the season moves into its final stretch.
Knight (back) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Magic, John Gambadoro of ArizonaSports.com reports.
With Eric Bledsoe (knee) shelved for the rest of the season and Leandro Barbosa (illness) listed as doubtful Friday, Knight may have been in line for his first appearance since the All-Star break if he was available, but he'll instead remain sidelined for the second straight game due to back spasms. The lack of healthy bodies could allow backcourt starters Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker to approach 40 minutes Friday, making both players appealing targets in DFS. Ronnie Price will likely serve as the top backup at both guard spots.
Knight (back) is questionable for Friday's game against the Magic, Doug Haller of The Arizona Republic reports.
Knight hasn't seen the floor in 11 straight contests, but with Eric Bledsoe (knee) likely being shut down for the season, it's possible he could reenter the rotation before the campaign concludes. Before that happens, however, Knight will have to demonstrate that the back spasms he's recently experienced aren't anything too debilitating. Ronnie Price would act as the main backup to new starting point guard Tyler Ulis if Knight remains held out Friday.
Knight is dealing with back spasms and has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Kings.
Knight hasn't seen the court in 10 straight games, so even if he was healthy, he likely wouldn't have gotten any minutes. He'll undergo additional rest and recovery over the next few days, but even if he's cleared for Friday's game against the Magic, Knight shouldn't re-enter the regular rotation.
Regarding the absence of Knight and Tyson Chandler from the rotation -- both of whom haven't played since the All-Star break -- coach Earl Watson stated, "I'm not changing it unless management changes it". Though it's hard to tell whether Knight is struggling because of inconsistent minutes, or getting inconsistent minutes because of his struggles, the fact remains that both rookie Tyler Ulis and veteran Leandro Barbosa have jumped him in the rotation. Knight's fantasy value has been slowly deteriorating throughout the season, but this statement by coach Watson may put the final nail in the coffin on Knights' season, effectively ending his usefulness on almost any fantasy roster.
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