Rockets Trade Ryan Anderson to Suns in Deal Including Brandon Knight

What the Rockets getMarquese Chriss #0 of the Phoenix Suns moves the ball past Zhou Qi #9 of the Houston Rockets on November 16, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

In exchange for taking on Anderson, who is owed over $41 million across the next two seasons, the Suns reportedly receive De'Anthony Melton. The fact the Rockets didn't have to package a first-round draft pick with Anderson to get rid of him - the standard pot-sweetener with bad contracts - is a significant boon as well. He averaged 7.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in 21.2 minutes per game last season in Phoenix.

The Suns are now left with rookies Melton and Eli Okobo as the only point guards on their roster, but Wojnarowski reports that Phoenix expects Shaquille Harrison to play a larger role at some point this season.

To clear the way for a trade out of Houston, Anderson agreed to reduce the guarantee on his $21 million salary in 2019-20 to $15.6 million, league sources told ESPN. Knight and Gordon could form a deadly backcourt duo that will make the Rockets a more risky team next season.

"The 6'10" Chriss, the eighth overall pick out of Washington in 2016, had not shown the improvement the Suns had hoped to see. If not, he enters the 2019 free-agent market with $15.6 million in his pocket, significant cap space and chance to sign a new deal for multiple years.

However, after almost being an All-Star with the Milwaukee Bucks, Knight only played 50 games in 2015-16 and then started only five in 2016-17 as guard Devin Booker began his rise to stardom. Chriss has a career scoring average of 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and shoots a tad over 30 percent from 3-point range.

Melton, a shooting guard, was the 46th pick in the June draft out of USC. James Harden and Chris Paul were two of the other players on that list.

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