Houston Rockets Trade Ryan Anderson To Phoenix Suns

Mae Harvey
September 4, 2018

The person asked for anonymity on Thursday night because the deal had not been completed. From 2013-16, Knight averaged 18.1 points and 5.1 assists on 35.1 percent 3-point shooting. He can play either guard position, he's a solid 3-point shooter and he is a playmaker. A career 38 percent 3-point shooter known for stretching well beyond the 3-point line, the 6-foot-10 Anderson fell nearly completely out of Houston's rotation last season, averaging just 8.6 minutes in 11 postseason games. The eighth overall pick in the 2016 draft has career averages of 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds.

For the Rockets, the 6-10 Chriss provides more athleticism and defensive versatility than Anderson, and can even play some center in small-ball lineups as a different look if Mike D'Antoni so chooses.

Melton was selected by the Rockets in the second round of the 2018 National Basketball Association draft.

Brandon Knight missed all of the 2017 season with an ACL tear while playing basketball in Miami.

The move comes as a bit of a surprise with Anderson carrying two years and more than $41 million remaining on his contract.

The Houston Rockets at long last have found a team willing to take Ryan Anderson off their hands.

Knight had been considered in line to start at point guard for the Suns after missing last season while recovering from knee surgery but now will see time as a backup to Chris Paul for what is expected to be an National Basketball Association contender in Houston.

Plus, Melton is the exact kind of combo guard who theoretically could have worked alongside Paul and/or Harden.

Both Anderson and Chriss were born in Sacramento. Houston has been trying to move 30-year-old power forward since he failed to live up to expectations from the lucrative deal he signed in the summer of 2016. Through 117 career games with Phoenix, Knight barely shot over 40 percent and struggled with injuries.

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

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