04 September, 2018
The Rockets traded the power forward and De'Anthony Melton to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight on Thursday night, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported, citing National Basketball Association sources.
Ryan Anderson agreed to reduce the guarantee on his $21 million salary for the 19-20 season from $21 million to $15.6 million as part of the Houston Rockets' trade of him to the Phoenix Suns. It's a downgrade for Knight's fantasy outlook, as he goes from being a potential starter to fighting for minutes in one of the most talented backcourts in the league.
Knight, who missed the entire 2017-18 season after tearing his left ACL in the summer of 2017, is cleared to play this season.
During his second season with the Suns, the 21-year-old Chriss averaged 7.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 72 games. Knight, a six-year National Basketball Association veteran, averaged 15.0 points and 3.8 assists in 117 games with the Suns after being acquired on February 19, 2015.
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The Houston Rockets at long last have found a team willing to take Ryan Anderson off their hands. Defense is less of a concern with veteran and former Rocket Trevor Ariza also on-roster. Knight should be able to serve as a capable backup to Chris Paul and James Harden at point guard if he remains healthy, and Chriss could thrive in a limited role as an athletic finisher in the pick-and-roll and a switchable big man when Clint Capela heads to the bench.
The Suns finished dead last in the Western Conference last season with the worst record in the National Basketball Association.
The Suns now have Melton, Okobo, Shaquille Harrison and Isaiah Canaan as options at point guard. Chriss could play both center and power forward.