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Brandon Knight Undergoes ‘Minor’ Ankle Surgery

Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight underwent “minor” surgery on the troublesome left ankle that kept him on the bench for the majority of his time in Phoenix, according to Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic.

Knight was traded from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Suns at the trade deadline, but he only played in 11 games because of his ankle problems. He suffered the injury on March 9 against the Golden State Warriors and only played in one game the rest of the season after that. He really struggled in his 11 games in Phoenix, averaging 13.4 points and 4.5 assists while shooting 35.7 percent from three and 31.3 percent from three.

Knight, his agent and the Suns’ staff worked closely together on plans for the surgery. Suns president Lon Babby gave an update on the nature of the injury:

“It was a minor procedure,” Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said. “There was an anterior flap (of cartilage) in his ankle that caused irritation. We expect a full recovery.”

Knight will be a restricted free agent this summer, so Phoenix will have a decision to make about retaining him for the long term. Considering what the Suns gave up to acquire Knight (Tyler Ennis, Miles Plumlee and the Los Angeles Lakers’ protected top five pick), it seems likely that the plan is to keep him.

 

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