National Basketball Association rumor: Rockets trading Ryan Anderson to Suns

National Basketball Association rumor: Rockets trading Ryan Anderson to Suns

National Basketball Association rumor: Rockets trading Ryan Anderson to Suns

The person asked for anonymity on Thursday night because the deal had not been completed.

"We are excited to welcome Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton to Phoenix", Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said in a release.

Melton, 19, is a second-round draft pick out of USC who showed dynamic, if raw, talent in the Las Vegas Summer League.

If he is indeed waived by the Suns before that deadline, he could make north $2.5 million on a veteran's minimum contract and potentially muster as much as a $4-6 million range if he has a strong season as the starting power forward.

The Rockets have reportedly been looking to trade Anderson for quite a while now.

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According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, "Anderson agreed to reduce the guarantee on his $21M salary in 2019-20 to $15.6M", which is roughly equal to Knight's 2019-20 salary. From 2013-16, Knight averaged 18.1 points and 5.1 assists on 35.1 percent 3-point shooting.

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.

Meanwhile, Knight hasn't played in an National Basketball Association game since February 2017 thanks to various injuries. Chriss was drafted by the Kings in 2016 but immediately traded to the Suns for three players, including Labissiere.

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. He has played in 622 career games with New Jersey (2008-09), Orlando (2009-2012), New Orleans (2012-2016) and Houston (2016-2018), in addition to 46 career playoff appearances. His averaged dropped from 9.2 points as a rookie to 7.7 points last season.

Anderson is a sieve defensively, but he's a stretch four who is a career 38.2 percent 3-point shooter.

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