Rockets move Ryan Anderson to Suns in four-player trade

The Houston Rockets have traded Ryan Anderson and the 46th pick on the 2018 NBA Draft, De'Anthony Melton, to the Phoenix Suns. In 2016-17, Knight finished with the worst field goal (39.8) and 3-point field goal (32.4) percentages of his career.

Melton played one season at the University of Southern California before entering the National Basketball Association.

With the addition of Trevor Ariza, Chriss was forced out of the rotation. hriss, the eighth overall pick in the 2016 draft, averaged just 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds over his two seasons in Phoenix and never reached his full potential. Anderson opens it up for the prized center to go to work, while spacing the floor for other shooters as well. Last season, he averaged 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in 66 games (50 starts) for the Rockets. The 26-year-old guard missed all of last season with a torn ACL.

Wojnarowski added that Anderson agreed to reduce his 2019-20 guarantee amount on his salary from $21.3 million to $15.6 million, the same amount Phoenix owed Knight in the final year of his contract.

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The Suns now are expected to focus on obtaining an experienced point guard. Knight has two years and $30.2 million left on his contract. Through 117 career games with Phoenix, Knight barely shot over 40 percent and struggled with injuries. That dipped to 7.7 points in 72 games last season.

Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss, left, is guarded by Kings forward Skal Labissiere on December 12, 2017, in Sacramento.

With the departure of veteran point guard Brandon Knight, the Suns will "continue pursuing a trade for a starting-level point guard" before the start of the regular season, according to Woj.

This trade also leaves the Suns with a gap at point guard, and unless they plan on experimenting with Booker as the lead playmaker, there could be another trade or signing coming soon.

  • Steve Townsend