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Old 06-12-06, 03:21 PM
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Brevin Knight-- at least even money that he will be traded

If Brevin Knight is on his way out -- and it's at least even money that he will be traded this summer -- then let's pause a minute to appreciate what the little guy did for the Charlotte Bobcats.

It's easy to fixate on Knight's flaws because they're so obvious: He's short for the NBA at 5-foot-10, he doesn't have much of a jump shot, and he's hurt a lot. But none of that outweighs what he did for the team in its first two seasons.

He has pluck and mental toughness and he isn't afraid to say the hard things that made him and his teammates accountable. When the Bobcats stunk, he acknowledged it. When teammate Kareem Rush fell short on accountability, he endorsed the team's decision to cut Rush.

In other words, Knight was never a go-along-to-get-along guy, and people of his nature are rare these days in the NBA. While others mumbled clichés, Knight told the truth, even when those around him didn't want to hear it.

It's no coincidence the Bobcats played so hard their first two seasons. Knight held them to that standard. His intensity rubbed off on Gerald Wallace and Emeka Okafor, and the hope has to be that after he's gone, that effect won't dissipate.

Having said all that, I can't blame the Bobcats if they're looking to move him. By the end of the season, Raymond Felton was the second-best rookie in the league, behind Chris Paul. Taking the ball out of Felton's hands is counter-productive to building a playoff team.

Knight has handled Felton's emergence well, but I can't imagine him happy as a bit player here. Knight can still play, and he belongs on a playoff team where 20 minutes a night as a backup would count for something.

If the Bobcats can move him in that direction and get a draft pick or a young player in return, maybe everyone is better off.

But if you think Knight won't be missed in the Bobcats locker room, you haven't been paying attention.
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Old 06-12-06, 04:55 PM
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Id be open to the spurs persuing him. He can run the team and is a vocal man.

His lack of offensive would suck though, but hey! he couldn't be worse than NVE.
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Old 06-12-06, 07:36 PM
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Knight would be great for the Spurs, but who do the Spurs have that the Bobcats would want? Barry is a stretch (they're not trying to add payroll). Beno doesn't make enough (Knight has two years, the second a team option, around $4.4M each year).

Knight is a true pass-first PG, too, which is what Pop needs off the bench. If the Spurs can nab him, kudos, but I won't be surprised if it doesn't happen.

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