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Report: Suns trade Chriss, Knight to Rockets for Anderson, Melton

Posted at 9:01 PM, Aug 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 16:49:15-04

The Phoenix Suns have traded forward Marquese Chriss and guard Brandon Knight to the Houston Rockets in exchange for forward Ryan Anderson and guard De'Anthony Melton, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday night.

The 26-year-old Knight was acquired by the Suns in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2014-15 season. He has averaged 15 points and 3.8 assists per game with the Suns but missed all of last season with a knee injury. He has two years remaining on his contract and is set to make just under $15 million next season.

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The 21-year-old Chriss was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the eighth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but the Suns acquired Chriss in a trade with the Kings on draft night. He averaged 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in two seasons in Phoenix. He is set to enter the third season of his rookie contract.

The 30-year-old Anderson is a 10-year pro. He averaged 9.3 points and five rebounds per game with the Rockets last season. He has two years remaining on his contract and is set to make just over $20 million next season.

The 20-year-old Melton was the 46th overall pick out of USC in the 2018 NBA Draft. He withdrew from USC in February following an eligibility issue that arose during an FBI investigation. He averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 points and 3.5 assists per game in 2016-17, the only season he played for the Trojans.

Wojnarowski said Anderson will be the Suns' starting power forward next season, and the team will continue to pursue trades in order to acquire a starting point guard to replace Knight before the season begins.