Houston has traded Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton to Phoenix for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 31, 2018
The move comes as a bit of a surprise with Anderson carrying two years and more than $41 million remaining on his contract. In addition to taking on Anderson’s big contract, the Suns receive shooting guard Melton, a second-round pick out of USC who flashed potential in the summer league as a shooter.
In Knight, the Rockets receive a once-promising guard who has languished on the bench in Phoenix with injuries after signing a 5-year, $70 million deal in 2015. Chriss is a two-year pro the Suns selected with the eighth pick of the 2016 draft out of Washington. The 6-10 forward has failed to live up to his lottery pick status, averaging 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds over 21.2 minutes per game in two seasons.
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