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Rockets trade Ryan Anderson, De'Anthony Melton to Suns, sources say

Rockets trade Ryan Anderson, De'Anthony Melton to Suns, sources say”

The Rockets traded Ryan Anderson to the Suns in a four-player deal Thursday, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Houston Rockets will get PF Marquese Chriss and PG Brandon Knight in return. It's a downgrade for Knight's fantasy outlook, as he goes from being a potential starter to fighting for minutes in one of the most talented backcourts in the league. Knight has two years and $30 million left on his contract and missed last season because of a torn ACL.

Anderson's productivity dropped in each of his two seasons with the Rockets, averaging 9.3 points in 26 minutes last season. Knight, a six-year National Basketball Association veteran, averaged 15.0 points and 3.8 assists in 117 games with the Suns after being acquired on February 19, 2015.

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Meanwhile, Brandon Knight is expected to serve as the Rockets' primary backup point guard next season. The eighth overall pick in the 2016 draft has career averages of 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds.

The Rockets continue to remold their roster after the loss of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute this offseason. Finally clearing Anderson's contract saves the Rockets roughly $11 million ahead of the 2018-19 season.

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 Suns now have Melton, Okobo, Shaquille Harrison and Isaiah Canaan as options at point guard. During his freshman year, he averaged 2.6 steals and 1.4 blocks per-36. If they don't exercise Chriss' team option before the October 31 deadline, they'll save up to $5.6 million in 2019 with the difference between Anderson and Knight's contracts.

If not, he will enter a free-agent market having already bagged $15.6 million, giving the Suns significant cap space and a chance to sign another player for multiple years.

This trade also leaves the Suns with a gap at point guard, and unless they plan on experimenting with Booker as the lead playmaker, there could be another trade or signing coming soon.

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