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.