Rockets deal Ryan Anderson for Suns' Brandon Knight in 4-player deal

Rockets deal Ryan Anderson for Suns' Brandon Knight in 4-player deal

Rockets deal Ryan Anderson for Suns' Brandon Knight in 4-player deal

The Phoenix Suns officially acquired forward Ryan Anderson as part of a four-player deal with the Houston Rockets on Friday.

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

The Rockets are reportedly sending Ryan Anderson and his hefty contract to Phoenix along with De'Anthony Melton. "Ryan has established himself as one of the league's best shooters and we think he'll be a great fit in our offensive system". Okobo, out of France, was the 31st pick in last June's draft and showed flashes at Summer League but has a lot of adjusting to do, and his game needs to mature, to really fit at the National Basketball Association level.

To make the trade work financially, Anderson agreed to reduce the guaranteed portion of his contract for the coming season to $15.6 million.

For the Rockets, the 6-10 Chriss provides more athleticism and defensive versatility than Anderson, and can even play some center in small-ball lineups as a different look if Mike D'Antoni so chooses. In 2016-17, Knight finished with the worst field goal (39.8) and 3-point field goal (32.4) percentages of his career.

Knight missed the entire 2017-18 season after tearing his ACL last summer, but even putting aside the injury concerns, he just wasn't an effective player the previous year.

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Meanwhile, Knight hasn't played in an National Basketball Association game since February 2017 thanks to various injuries. The Rockets will receive 2016 No. 8 overall pick Marquese Chriss.

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. Knight has a career average of 15.2 points per game in eight seasons with Detroit, Milwaukee and Phoenix.

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

Melton, a combo guard, is a rookie from USC. Just two seasons ago, Knight averaged 19.6 points and 5.1 assists per game, when carrying heavy responsibility for the Suns.

I've listened to a lot of Phoenix Suns-themed podcasts this offseason, most penciling in Brandon Knight as the team's starting point guard.

According to Wojnarowski, the Suns are "hopeful" that Harrison can take on a bigger role this year.

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