Knight tallied just one rebound and one assist in four minutes during Thursday's 126-111 victory over the Lakers.
Knight made his season debut for the Rockets, playing just four minutes. He is going to be brought along very slowly and even once he is back to full speed, he is likely not going to see enough playing time to warrant a roster spot in most formats.
Knight hasn't played in an NBA game in nearly two calendar years, but he's made significant progress in his return from a knee injury in recent weeks, and coach Mike D'Antoni implied that he intends to give Knight some minutes off the bench. While the veteran should remain a fantasy afterthought for the time being, the Rockets hope he'll provide a much-needed boost to their struggling bench unit.
Knight (knee) is listed as probable ahead of Thursday's game against the Lakers, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.
The Rockets implied Tuesday that Knight could return next week, but he's apparently further ahead of schedule than expected and could now make his debut Thursday night. Knight has been rehabbing with Houston's G League affiliate, but he hasn't played in an NBA game in nearly two calendar years due to a series of knee injuries. The Rockets figure to bring Knight up to speed slowly, but they're desperate for competent guard play off the bench, so Knight could end up seeing regular minutes going forward, provided his body allows it.
Knight is yet to play for the Rockets while working back from complications related to his knee surgery, but he's logged time in the G League and is expected to be ready to contribute by early next week. With that in mind, Houston has likely earmarked Monday's home matchup with Utah as Knight's debut, and it would mark his first NBA action since February of 2017. The former lottery pick averaged 17.0 points per game for the Bucks and Suns in 2014-15, but he missed 30 games the following season and 28 more in 2016-17 before sitting out the 2017-18 campaign entirely due to a torn ACL and subsequent complications. Knight will likely brought up to speed gradually, but the Rockets are in desperate need of competent guard play off the bench, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Knight finds himself in a somewhat-significant role within the next few weeks.
Knight has been practicing with the Rockets lately, signaling a debut was coming sooner than later. It's not immediately clear what sort of role Knight will play with Houston, but the underperforming Rockets (11-14) might look for Knight to be a spark. So he'll likely get a fair shot at a role in the rotation. Knight last played during the 2016-17 season, where he averaged 11.0 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 21.1 minutes for the Suns.
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