Rockets Trade Ryan Anderson to Suns for Chriss, Knight

The Rockets And Suns Made A Trade Sending Ryan Anderson To Phoenix

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.

This was a move the Rockets have been hoping to make for a while and, if general manager Daryl Morey's history is any indication, more deals are likely on the horizon. They sent Melton, a second-round pick in this year's draft, to the Suns as part of the deal.

However, after almost being an All-Star with the Milwaukee Bucks, Knight only played 50 games in 2015-16 and then started only five in 2016-17 as guard Devin Booker began his rise to stardom. Defense is less of a concern with veteran and former Rocket Trevor Ariza also on-roster. Anderson likely will start for the Suns, and the move offers him a chance to prove he's worth his hefty contract, which will pay him $41 million over its final two years.

Melton gives Phoenix a new look at point guard, where nothing is certain for the Suns. Knight has two years and $30 million left on his contract and missed last season because of a torn ACL.

Melton played one season at the University of Southern California before entering the National Basketball Association. During his freshman year, he averaged 2.6 steals and 1.4 blocks per-36. He'll likely be Chris Paul's backup at point guard. These are only pieces of an very bad puzzle for Phoenix when it comes to recent front-office decisions.

Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss, left, is guarded by Kings forward Skal Labissiere on December 12, 2017, in Sacramento. It often comes back to one question here. What is this team's identity, and how do these players fit together? He's not a ideal player, but it was worth the gamble to unload Anderson's hefty contract.

As a side note, Anderson agreeing to reduce his guaranteed money from $21 million to $15.6 million was a bit perplexing considering the 30-year-old won't be receiving a massive payday for the rest of his career.

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