Rockets, Suns swap bad contracts in four-player trade


The Rockets are reportedly sending Ryan Anderson and his hefty contract to Phoenix along with De'Anthony Melton.

Wojnarowski added that Anderson agreed to reduce his 2019-20 guarantee amount on his salary from $21.3 million to $15.6 million, the same amount Phoenix owed Knight in the final year of his contract.

A player of Anderson's ilk, someone who could stretch the court, was unselfish and not a cancer in the locker room, might have put Phoenix over the top and not only into the playoffs in 2015, but for several years in the future, totally changing the direction of the franchise for many years to come.

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

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Of course Ryan Anderson is better than Marquese Chriss, so if the swap was that straight forward, then maybe the trade would have been universally celebrated from the instant it was announced.

Chriss, the No. 8 pick of the 2016 draft, has been a disappointment thus far.

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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.

For his career, Knight has averaged 15.2 points, 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 382 games. Knight also hit at least 100 3-pointers in five of those six seasons.

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.

The Suns traded for Anderson with an expectation that he could start at power forward.

Melton, a shooting guard, was the 46th pick in the June draft out of USC. 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.

The Suns now have Melton, Okobo, Shaquille Harrison and Isaiah Canaan as options at point guard.