Rockets trade Ryan Anderson, De'Anthony Melton to Suns, sources say

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

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.

The Phoenix Suns have completed a four-player trade that sends guard Brandon Knight and forward Marquese Chriss to the Houston Rockets for forward Ryan Anderson and guard De'Anthony Melton.

Sure, if Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough has any sort of guarantee that he will be able to move Anderson this season (or in the 2019 offseason) in a move that brings Phoenix a star and having Anderson's expiring contract on the books makes such a move easier to pull off, then once again, the trade would be universally celebrated.

This will be Knight's fourth NBA team after being selected as the eighth overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Knight appeared in 54 games in 2016-17 with the Suns and averaged 11.0 points per contest.

Speaking of Brandon Knight, he could fit in very well with Houston.

Phoenix has until July 10, 2019, to decide on picking up Anderson's $21.3 million deal or waiving him for $15.6 million.

While Knight's contract isn't the savviest deal on earth, his two years and $30 million owed are more palatable than what Anderson is making.


He averaged nearly a block and steal per game over his two years, but that was based largely on his athleticism instead of particularly strong defense.

Chriss was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 National Basketball Association draft but hasn't come close to fulfilling his potential.

Meanwhile, Knight hasn't played in an National Basketball Association game since February 2017 thanks to various injuries.

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. In six seasons played, he has averaged 15.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

Melton, a shooting guard, was the 46th pick in the June draft out of USC.

Right now the Suns have Shaquille Harrison and rookie Elie Okobo at the point.

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