Rockets, Suns announce Anderson trade

The Houston Rockets unloaded Ryan Anderson and the remainder of his $41 million contract in a four-player deal with the Phoenix Suns. More

Houston has traded Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton to Phoenix for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight, league source tells ESPN. His shooting ability simply couldn't compensate for his defensive struggles and inability to switch onto smaller players, which became a trademark of the Rockets' revamped defense last season.

Anderson had signed a four-year, $80 million contract with the Rockets as a free agent in 2016, following four seasons in New Orleans where he averaged 16.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per night.

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

The Houston Rockets are never done with their off season with the likes of Daryl Morey at the helm of the general manager position.

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.

A player of Anderson's ilk, someone who could stretch the court, was unselfish and not a cancer in the locker room, might have put Phoenix over the top and not only into the playoffs in 2015, but for several years in the future, totally changing the direction of the franchise for many years to come.

Chriss (6-10, 240) was the eighth overall pick by Sacramento in the 2016 NBA Draft before his rights were acquired by Phoenix. The fact that he's still owed north of $40 million over the next two seasons made him expendable - it was only a matter of which team would be willing to take him on.

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. Knight, 26, is scheduled to earn $30.2 million over the next two seasons. He averaged 9.3 points and knocked down 38.6 percent of his 3-pointers with the Rockets in 2017-18. He averaged 28.7 minutes and 15 points in 117 games with Phoenix.

The Suns now have Melton, Elie Okobo, Shaquille Harrison and Isaiah Canaan as options at point guard.

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