The New York Knicks are interested in Phoenix Suns point guards Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.com.
Begley says that the Knicks have already talked to the Suns about Bledsoe but that their level of interest in Knight “remains unclear.”
What does seem to be clear, however, is that New York is in the market for a floor general to provide some help and insurance for rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina.
While Bledsoe is the better player than Knight when healthy, Knight has his contract working for him. With the Knicks trying to unload Carmelo Anthony, Knight’s contract (which has three years at around $44 million total remaining) could serve as a useful piece in a deal.
Knight played in only 54 games last season and was shut down in mid-March while dealing with back issues. The 25-year-old averaged 11 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game in a bench role, shooting 39.8 percent from the floor, 32.4 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line in what may have been the least productive campaign of his six-year NBA career.
Phoenix signed Knight as a free agent during the summer of 2015.
Bledsoe amassed 66 contests for the Suns in 2016-17. Phoenix also shut him down in mid-March due to knee soreness.
The 27-year-old averaged 21.1 points, 6.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game last year, making 43.4 percent of his field-goal attempts, 33.5 percent of his long-range tries and 84.7 percent of his foul shots.
Bledsoe has already undergone three knee surgeries in his career, and he has only played one full season over the last three years.
The Suns originally acquired Bledsoe from the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team trade back in the summer of 2013.