Rockets, Suns Agree To A Major NBA Trade

Rockets, Suns Agree To A Major NBA Trade

Rockets, Suns Agree To A Major NBA Trade

The Suns will receive power forward Ryan Anderson and rookie guard De'Anthony Melton, the 46th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

A person with knowledge of the situation said the National Basketbball Association (NBA) Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets are close to finalising a trade that would send forward Ryan Anderson to the Suns and point guard Brandon Knight to the Rockets. 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. However, Knight still has career averages of 15.2 points, 4.3 assists and he has shot 35.7 percent from 3-point range. 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.

Houston has been trying to get rid of Anderson's contract for a while. He was raw when drafted No. 8 overall in 2016, and could flourish on a team full of veterans instead of equally inexperienced teammates. Last season, he averaged 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in 66 games (50 starts) for the Rockets.

The Suns finished dead last in the Western Conference last season with the worst record in the National Basketball Association.

Melton was a second-round pick out of USC this year who had some good moments in Summer League play.

Look for the Suns to make a trade and/or scour the waiver wire during camp, looking for someone who can give them quality minutes at the point. This criticism is a direct result of losing swingman Trevor Ariza, to the Suns, and adding Carmelo Anthony. During his freshman year, he averaged 2.6 steals and 1.4 blocks per-36. Former Murray State point guard Isaiah Canaan is also on the Suns' roster. With Ayton, Ariza, Josh Jackson, Dragan Bender, TJ Warren and rookie Mikal Bridges all competing for frontcourt minutes, the Suns clearly felt that Chriss was going to be the odd man out, and chose to pick up an established vet in Anderson.

Phoenix signed him to a five-year, $70 million contract extension in July 2015.

Related news