Suns get Anderson, send Knight, Chriss to Rockets

Posted September 04, 2018

The deal, first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday night, was made official on Friday afternoon. "De'Anthony is a talented young guard who stood out for us throughout the pre-draft process and at the National Basketball Association summer league".

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. A career 38 percent 3-point shooter known for stretching well beyond the 3-point line, the 6-foot-10 Anderson fell nearly completely out of Houston's rotation last season, averaging just 8.6 minutes in 11 postseason games. He was raw when drafted No. 8 overall in 2016, and could flourish on a team full of veterans instead of equally inexperienced teammates. A second round pick, he proved in the 2018 NBA Summer League that he probably deserved to go higher.

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In exchange for taking on Anderson, who is owed over $41 million across the next two seasons, the Suns reportedly receive De'Anthony Melton. Finally clearing Anderson's contract saves the Rockets roughly $11 million ahead of the 2018-19 season. Former Murray State point guard Isaiah Canaan is also on the Suns' roster. Even Anderson comes out of this deal in good position. His averaged dropped from 9.2 points as a rookie to 7.7 points last season. Melton became the first freshman in all of Division I basketball to record at least 300 points, 150 rebounds, 100 assists, 60 steals and 35 blocks since Dwyane Wade did so for Marquette in 2001-02. Knight and Chriss were both coin-flips on a nightly basis while Anderson is a consistent shooter and Melton has star potential.

If not, he will enter a free-agent market having already bagged $15.6 million, giving the Suns significant cap space and a chance to sign another player for multiple years.

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