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

Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson

The 2012 NBA Most Improved Player Award victor has two years and $41 million left on his contract.

The Houston Rockets traded forward Ryan Anderson and guard De'Anthony Melton to the Phoenix Suns for guards Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight, league sources told ESPN.

Grading the trade, it looks like the Rockets came out on top. He was raw when drafted No. 8 overall in 2016, and could flourish on a team full of veterans instead of equally inexperienced teammates. While he's demonstrated no shooting touch, he still possesses elite-level athleticism, something that can be utilized to fit the Rockets' system.

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.

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.

The trade would leave Phoenix searching for a starter at the point guard position with no one on the roster ready to assume that responsibility.

With a fresh new start in Houston, Chriss could possibly unlock his potential.

Financially, the move gives Houston a little more flexibility next summer.

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.

Houston has been trying to get rid of Anderson's contract for a while.

Phoenix has until July 10, 2019, to decide on picking up Anderson's $21.3 million deal or waiving him for $15.6 million. We always wonder as onlookers if the team has a couple of more moves left in them before the start of training camp and that usually has been in the case during this era of transcendence for the organization. His averaged dropped from 9.2 points as a rookie to 7.7 points last season. He averaged 19.6 points and 5.1 assists - albeit extremely inefficiently - in 2015-16 for the Suns, so the Rockets could turn him into a serviceable backup for Chris Paul and James Harden, along with the newly signed Michael Carter-Williams.

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