Brandon Knight’s ship is about to come in.
Knight, whom the Milwaukee Bucks traded to the Phoenix Suns in February in a multiple-team deal, appears on the brink of signing a lucrative long-term contract to remain with the Suns.
I’ve been told by an NBA official that Knight, who’ll become a restricted free agent on July 1, will sign a five-year, $70 million contract with the Suns.
Knight, who is 23, was enjoying an All-Star caliber season – 17.8 points and 5.4 assists -- before the Bucks surprisingly sent him to the Suns.
He then played 11 games for the Suns, averaging 13.4 and 4.5 assists. After suffering an ankle injury March 9, Knight missed 16 of the Suns’ final 17 games. He underwent minor arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle in April.
Center of attention
The Los Angeles Times recently reported the Bucks were among four teams that will meet with unrestricted Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan at his home in Houston.
Besides the Bucks, The Times reported Dallas, the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers are on Jordan’s short list.
Sources contend Jordan will either remain with the Clippers or go to Dallas. They say an arrangement where the 26-year-old Jordan goes to Dallas and Mavericks center Tyson Chandler, 32, winds up the Clippers is a viable possibility.
Interestingly, none of the aforementioned teams might not even be Jordan’s preference.
A Jordan acquaintance claims the big man would love to play for the Rockets, who already have a quality center in Dwight Howard.
Matthews on the move
Some NBA execs are convinced former Marquette standout Wes Matthews will be bolting Portland in free agency.
Matthews is expected to be one of three top-flight players to leave Portland during free agency, the others being star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who appears to be leaning toward San Antonio, and starting center Robin Lopez, who figures to draw interest from numerous teams, including the Bucks.