Drooled over as recently as two seasons ago by Larry Brown, PG Brevin Knight finds himself jobless after being waived by the Charlotte. To hear the Stanford alum tell the tale, he might still be a Bobcat were he bleeding Powder Blue. From the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell.
Knight told the Observer Monday that he offered to take less money to remain a Bobcat. Instead, the Bobcats bought out the final $4.2 million season on his contract by paying him $1.5 million.
“If it was a money issue, we could have done something about that,” Knight said in an exclusive interview with the Observer. “I expressed that through my agent. What was their reasoning? I don’t know.”
Knight said he was prepared to void his contract, then sign anew with the Bobcats, to avoid changing teams and potentially uprooting his family.
He added he wouldn’t have undermined Raymond Felton’s ascension as this team’s primary point guard.
“I was willing to do whatever they wanted me to do,” Knight said. “I was not demanding anything.”
Knight, who turns 32 in November, said he’s baffled, rather than bitter, about the team’s decision. He anticipates that whatever the Bobcats pay his replacement, combined with what they owe Knight as a buy-out, is roughly what they would have paid to keep him.
Knight said Felton’s North Carolina pedigree complicated Knight’s relationship with local fans.
“Obviously a lot that goes on in Charlotte relates to their love of the University of North Carolina,” Knight said. “That affected me, Bernie and Raymond, too — there’s a lot of pressure on him to be great” as an ex-Tar Heel.