Rockets Complete Four Player Trade with Suns

De'Anthony Melton was also sent to Phoenix in exchange for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight.

The Houston Rockets have traded Ryan Anderson and the 46th pick on the 2018 NBA Draft, De'Anthony Melton, to the Phoenix Suns.

Anderson spent the past two seasons with the Rockets and appeared in 138 games, while averaging 11.6 points and 4.8 rebounds. Though Chriss and Knight aren't expected to be in Rockets Head Coach Mike D'Antoni's starting lineup, they will undeniably be reliable contributors in Houston's second unit.

Anderson agreed to reduce his salary from almost $21 million to $15.6 million, matching Knight's salary for the 2018-19 season, in order to complete the trade, according to Woj. Anderson opens it up for the prized center to go to work, while spacing the floor for other shooters as well. Knight has two years left on his contract and is slated to make $14.6 million this season.

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That season, with Markieff Morris playing the four, Phoenix snuck up on the league and won 48 games - although they missed the playoffs by a hair.

The No. 8 overall pick in 2016 has been unable to tap into the potential Phoenix saw when it traded up in the draft to pick him. Knight, 26, is scheduled to earn $30.2 million over the next two seasons. 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.

Chriss, who is remarkably athletic and has a 7-foot-1 wing span, averaged 9.2 points and played in all 82 games as a rookie. He averaged 19.6 points and 5.1 assists - albeit extremely inefficiently - in 2015-16 for the Suns, so the Rockets could turn him into a serviceable backup for Chris Paul and James Harden, along with the newly signed Michael Carter-Williams.

  • Lawrence Cooper