Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Rockets, Suns announce Anderson trade

Rockets, Suns announce Anderson trade

Houston will shed Anderson's approximate $20.5 million salary and get a promising young player in Marquese Chriss as well as another veteran guard in Brandon Knight, although he'll be making about $14.5 million next season.

With the move, the Rockets have relieved themselves of the final two years and $41.7 million remaining on Anderson's contract. The fact the Rockets didn't have to package a first-round draft pick with Anderson to get rid of him - the standard pot-sweetener with bad contracts - is a significant boon as well.

Anderson's scoring average dipped to 9.3 points per game last season, his lowest since 2008-09, his second year in the league.

Melton was selected by the Rockets in the second round of the 2018 National Basketball Association draft.

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Anderson could recoup some of that money if he's waived as teams enter 2019 with more cap space. This is a setback for the guard in his recovery from a torn ACL that cost him all of last season, and it could slow his integration into the rotation. Knight only played 50 games in 2015-16. The 26-year-old is due more than $30 million combined over the next two seasons.

If the trade goes through as expected, Anderson could be the starting power forward for Phoenix.

Chriss was the eighth overall pick out of Washington two years ago who has not progressed the way the Suns had hoped. However, Knight still has career averages of 15.2 points, 4.3 assists and he has shot 35.7 percent from 3-point range. Harrison played 23 games for the Suns last season and showed a great work ethic and some real potential, he was solid when he was in for them.

Melton, a shooting guard, was the 46th pick in the June draft out of USC. He'll fit in well playing beside Chris Paul or James Harden as a spot up shooter or secondary ball-handler.

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