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
What does this trade mean for both sides in a quick reaction?
On the Rockets side, it definitely saves them some money. Anderson is owed $20.4M this season and $21.2M next season. The trade rids Houston of an injury-prone player that wasn’t living up to his contract while finding nearly $9M in overall salary/tax relief.
All told, Houston saves about $9M off their current salary+tax, though that amount includes Rob Gray's minimum, which will likely come off the books before the tax bill is calculated.— Jeff Siegel (@jgsiegel) August 31, 2018
The other part is the intrigue of both Chriss and Knight. Chriss is a young guy at just 21 years old and can jump out of the building. He brings a great backup to Clint Capela without losing much athleticism and youth.
Knight could be intriguing as long as he is healthy enough to play. In the same way that DeMarcus Cousins has the time to recover with the Golden State Warriors, so does Knight now. The Suns needed Knight back as soon as possible but the Rockets won’t need that as much. He can now focus on getting healthy at his pace.
For the Suns, adding Anderson and Melton’s rights (He hasn’t signed a deal yet) makes them a better team. For one, Knight wasn’t going to play early, more than likely, so the Suns immediately add talent that can play.
Melton is an effective scorer and will help shore up the Suns’ bench and may even see some point guard minutes in a starting role.
Anderson is a great stretch four when healthy and will contribute to the team as soon as he can. For Anderson, he can help the young guys while being in a less stressful situation. The Suns appear to have won this trade based on Anderson’s career abilities but a healthy Knight and improved Chriss could change that.
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