Eric Bledsoe's summer-long stand-off with the Suns last year might have streamlined their free agency situation this summer with Brandon Knight.
The (Racine, Wis.) Journal-Times reported that Knight, the former Milwaukee Bucks player, will sign with Phoenix for a five-year, $70 million contact, the same terms that Bledsoe accepted from Phoenix five days before Suns training camp in September.
The Suns and Knight are not permitted to negotiate a new contract until the free agency period opens Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Arizona time, but such contract parameters would be sensible for Knight. The Suns had an idea of what it would take to re-sign Knight this offseason when they traded for him in February, giving up Tyler Ennis, Miles Plumlee and a Los Angeles Lakers first-round pick. That pick, earned in the Steve Nash trade, did not convey in this month's draft because of top-five protection. The pick has top-three protection for next year's draft.
Knight and the Suns can agree to terms during the upcoming negotiating period, when Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said Knight would be "one of our top priorities, if not the top priority." Knight is a restricted free agent, enabling the Suns to give him a five-year deal or match any four-year offer sheet he might sign with another team. The Suns have planned to have Knight, 23, and Bledsoe, 25, compose a dynamic dual-playmaker backcourt.