Rockets, Suns swap bad contracts in four-player trade

Posted September 04, 2018

The Rockets have traded Ryan Anderson to the Suns for Brandon Knight in a four-player deal, according to ESPN.

The Phoenix Suns proved the National Basketball Association offseason never stops, even in late August, trading Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss to the Houston Rockets. Knight missed the entire 2017-18 season due to a torn ACL.

Knight main came off the bench in 2016, averaging 11 points per game.

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For his career, Knight has averaged 15.2 points, 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 382 games.

The Suns will have to decide by July 10, 2019, on guaranteeing the full amount for the final season of Anderson's contract, or they can waive him and owe him the $15.6 million.

The 2011-12 NBA Most Improved Player Award victor, Anderson is one of just two players to average at least two three-point makes per game in each of the last eight seasons, joined only by Golden State's Stephen Curry.

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The Rockets, who added Carmelo Anthony this offseason, are expected to compete with the Golden State Warriors for the top spot in the Western Conference. Former Murray State point guard Isaiah Canaan is also on the Suns' roster.

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

This will be Knight's fourth NBA team after being selected as the eighth overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. He is a versatile, switchable defender across the perimeter, and if his shooting reaches even average levels (he hit on less than 30 percent of his 3-point attempts in his one year at USC), then he could be a steal. Starting Anderson seems illogical given the other frontcourt options are younger, better or both. Houston has been trying to move 30-year-old power forward since he failed to live up to expectations from the lucrative deal he signed in the summer of 2016.

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