Rockets move Ryan Anderson to Suns in four-player trade

Monday, 03 Sep, 2018

Aside from successfully dumping Ryan Anderson to Phoenix, the Rockets will be receiving two players who can help them become more competitive in the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season. 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. They sent Melton, a second-round pick in this year's draft, to the Suns as part of the deal.

In Phoenix, Melton could see more opportunities if the Suns move him to point guard.

To clear the way for a trade out of Houston, Anderson agreed to reduce the guarantee on his $21 million salary in 2019-20 to $15.6 million, league sources told ESPN.

The Rockets have been working to move Anderson, 30, for over a year.

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. Okobo, out of France, was the 31st pick in last June's draft and showed flashes at Summer League but has a lot of adjusting to do, and his game needs to mature, to really fit at the National Basketball Association level.

Knight does have two years left on the five-year, $70 million deal he signed in 2015, but by acquiring the 26-year-old guard, Houston saves about $10 million over the next two seasons on the cap.

Chriss, who is remarkably athletic and has a 7-foot-1 wing span, averaged 9.2 points and played in all 82 games as a rookie. At the same time, they needed depth at the power forward position, like Ryan Anderson.

Melton, a shooting guard, was the 46th pick in the June draft out of USC. The Rockets rarely play without James Harden or Chris Paul on the floor.