The Milwaukee Bucks and point guard Brandon Knight are discussing a contract extension ahead of the Oct. 31 deadline, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Charles F. Gardner reports.
Knight, entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, averaged 17.9 points and 4.9 assists last season after being traded from the Detroit Pistons for Brandon Jennings. If the two sides do not agree to an extension before the end of the month, Knight will become a restricted free agent next summer.
The 23-year-old said he is not worried about the negotiations.
"My job is to come out here and perform, come out here and play hard," Knight said after the Bucks' morning practice session Wednesday. "So honestly for me, all I'm thinking about is basketball.
"I've got so many things I want to do with this team and so many goals I have for myself and the team, it's something I barely think about."
The Bucks have several new faces this season after finishing a league-worst 15-67 last year. Former Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd replaces Larry Drew on the bench. Milwaukee selected Jabari Parker with the No. 2 pick in the draft and added Jared Dudley, Kendall Marshall and Jerryd Bayless in the offseason.
Only three players from the 2011 draft have signed contract extensions so far: No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving signed a five-year $90 million contract to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Phoenix Suns agreed to four-year extensions totaling $52 million for Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris. The Suns also signed point guard Eric Bledsoe, a member of the 2010 draft, to a five-year, $70 million contract last month.
- Paul Palladino