Rockets send Ryan Anderson to Suns for Brandon Knight and Chriss

May JohnsonSep 04, 2018

The Houston Rockets have traded Ryan Anderson and rookie De'Anthony Melton to the Phoenix Suns for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports. "De'Anthony is a talented young guard who stood out for us throughout the pre-draft process and at the National Basketball Association summer league". In 2016-17, Knight finished with the worst field goal (39.8) and 3-point field goal (32.4) percentages of his career.

Anderson's scoring average dipped to 9.3 points per game last season, his lowest since 2008-09, his second year in the league.

Chriss was the eighth overall pick out of Washington two years ago who has not progressed the way the Suns had hoped.

The Rockets have reportedly been looking to trade Anderson for quite a while now.

Knight missed the entire 2017-18 season after tearing his ACL last summer, but even putting aside the injury concerns, he just wasn't an effective player the previous year.

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The 2012 NBA Most Improved Player Award victor has two years and $41 million left on his contract. With Knight gone and Phoenix having traded or dumped two other former Cats who played point guard in Eric Bledsoe and Tyler Ulis in the past year, the Suns have only one former United Kingdom star left in Devin Booker.

The Suns now are expected to focus on obtaining an experienced point guard. Even Anderson comes out of this deal in good position. He can provide spacing for Devin Booker, Josh Jackson and Deandre Ayton with his ability to shoot from well beyond the 3-point line (39.6 percent on 6.1 3-point attempts per game the last two seasons). Melton became the first freshman in all of Division I basketball to record at least 300 points, 150 rebounds, 100 assists, 60 steals and 35 blocks since Dwyane Wade did so for Marquette in 2001-02. If they don't exercise Chriss' team option before the October 31 deadline, they'll save up to $5.6 million in 2019 with the difference between Anderson and Knight's contracts.

He signed a four-year, $80 million deal to play for the Rockets in 2016.

Wojnarowski also said the front office will pursue a trade for a "starting-caliber" option at point guard.

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