There is no time to rest for NBA general managers. This became further evident when the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns completed a multi-player trade that should benefit both teams.
According to ESPN, the Rockets have acquired former lottery pick Marquese Chriss and guard Brandon Knight–who is rehabbing a knee injury–from the Suns in exchange for stretch forward Ryan Anderson and promising guard De’Anthony Melton.
The Rockets have looked for some time to move Anderson, who has two years and $41 million remaining on his deal. The team had hoped to move him earlier in order to open up cap space, perhaps in an effort to lure LeBron James. However, the team acquires an athletic power forward in Chriss, whom the organization hopes can grow into the player that warranted a No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Knight will give the Rockets depth behind Chris Paul and James Harden. Like Anderson, he has two years remaining on his deal, worth nearly $30 million.
For the Suns, Anderson provides excellent perimeter shooting and will not get in the way of the No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton. Ayton can occupy the paint, while Anderson provides depth out by the three-point line.
The power forward’s numbers have dropped in recent years, but his role has diminished in head coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense.
The Suns will still be in search of consistent point guard play. Without Knight, the team will turn to rookie Elie Okobo and Shaq Harrison. There is the possibility the team could also add a player prior to the start of the regular season.
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