Rockets, Suns announce Anderson trade

A torn ACL in July 2017 shut him down last season.

Melton was the 46th overall pick by Houston in the 2018 NBA Draft after playing one season at USC.

The Suns are giving up point guard Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss, according to ESPN.

Anderson agreed to reduce his salary from almost $21 million to $15.6 million, matching Knight's salary for the 2018-19 season, in order to complete the trade, according to Woj.

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. 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. 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. He has two years and $41 million left on his contract.

Knight has missed about a season and a half of basketball, so the Rockets took a big risk to acquire a player that hasn't played an NBA game in so long.

Chriss, the No. 8 pick of the 2016 draft, has been a disappointment thus far. The 26-year-old is due more than $30 million combined over the next two seasons. At the same time, they needed depth at the power forward position, like Ryan Anderson.

During the regular season, Anderson averaged just 9.3 points-a mark that was largely a result of his attempting 7.3 shots per game-his fewest since 2010-11. Currently, their lineup at the 1 consists of Elie Okobo-another 2018 second-round pick-Melton, 2016 undrafted guard Shaquille Harrison, and Isaiah Canaan.


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