Rockets, Suns announce Anderson trade

Report Rockets trade Anderson to Suns for Chriss Knight

Houston Rockets trade Ryan Anderson, De'Anthony Melton to Phoenix Suns

Most Suns fans are shocked with the team's decision to trade Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss for Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton.

Aside from successfully dumping Ryan Anderson to Phoenix, the Rockets will be receiving two players who can help them become more competitive in the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season. He averaged just 9.3 points on 26.2 minutes per game - both his lowest marks since 2010. Melton, the No. 46 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, is yet to sign a contract, and it remains questionable if he can earn a roster spot in Phoenix. That financial concession will likely make trading Anderson an easier proposition for Phoenix, too.

Last night, the Houston Rockets finally moved their dead weight elsewhere. Knight averaged 11 points and 2.4 assists along with 2.2 rebounds per game during the 2016-17 season and sat out all of a year ago with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Chriss (6-10, 240) was the eighth overall pick by Sacramento in the 2016 NBA Draft before his rights were acquired by Phoenix.

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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. He has two years and $41 million left on his contract. He will either receive the full amount of his contract, or look for his next lucrative deal in one year's time, after pocketing $15.6 million.

The Suns spent this summer trying to construct a trade that would answer that question with a star player, but fell short, according to the well connected John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 in Phoenix. 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 combo guard, is a rookie from USC. He could provide solid minutes as a backup to Chris Paul, if Knight is recovered from a torn ACL that kept him out in 2017.

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