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kriD
06-10-2006, 08:46 AM
Knight becoming a hot commodity

Several teams interested in Bobcats point guard

RICK BONNELL
[The Charlotte Observer]

ORLANDO, Fla. - The pre-draft camp is supposed to be about rookies, but the Charlotte Bobcats keep getting asked about a veteran.

Brevin Knight. It sounds as if a deal could happen this summer.

"There's a lot of interest in Brevin," coach-general manager Bernie Bickerstaff told the Observer on Thursday during a break at the pre-draft camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports. "Most of the conversation includes him.''

Bickerstaff said he's spoken with the Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers, along with other teams he didn't identify, about various possibilities. The Raptors and Blazers could use a veteran point guard, although at 30 Knight would likely be more attracted to a contender.

Knight is aware the team might consider trading him, with Raymond Felton emerging at point guard late last season. Bickerstaff asked Knight to play more off the ball the last month of the season to allow Felton to develop.

Neither Knight nor his agent, Bill Strickland, could be reached Thursday. Late in the season Knight said he'd prefer to remain a Bobcat, but if his minutes drop dramatically, he'd be receptive to a trade.

"If I'm going to play just a little bit of minutes, I'd rather be on a playoff team," Knight said during the season. "So if (the situation) changes, we'd address that."

That process might soon begin, although Bickerstaff said the team isn't close to a deal. Bickerstaff respects how Knight helped shape this franchise, and wouldn't blindside him.

"I haven't talked to him, but I will," Bickerstaff said. "It would entail him getting some input."

That doesn't mean Knight could kill a good deal.

"He doesn't have veto power," Bickerstaff said. "But I wouldn't just throw him in a situation that wouldn't be right for his skills."

A deal could be complicated because teams with the most use for veteran point guards -- contenders -- might have the hardest time fitting Knight's salary under their caps. He'll make $4.2 million next season, so the Bobcats would likely have to take back some salary from any team acquiring Knight.

Also, Bickerstaff says he has to be realistic about how high a draft pick he'd get in compensation.

"You're not going to break the bank (trading) him," Bickerstaff said. "You have to be careful if you're talking about getting greedy. Brevin came here as a free agent. If you get something in return" you're ahead.

Big Boy Laroux
06-10-2006, 10:46 AM
i had him on my fantasy team this year. great numbers on assists and steals. and he actually was scoring more.

but good lord, he was consistently sitting out games with super minor injuries.

rakesh.s
06-10-2006, 08:52 PM
like scottie pippen says..this guy is nothing more than a "stat stuffer" -- sure he piles up assists, but his team sucks

nashtymavsfan13
06-10-2006, 11:16 PM
Yeah, he gets assists, but really isn't all that great.

He's only an above average PG, injury prone, and getting old.