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Rockets send Ryan Anderson to Suns for Brandon Knight and Chriss

Rockets send Ryan Anderson to Suns for Brandon Knight and Chriss

Houston has gotten rid of that contract and received a cheaper player in return in Chriss, who is still in the midst of his rookie deal and Knight, who is a bit cheaper than Anderson.

Brandon Knight's future completely changed in the dead of the night when the Phoenix Suns traded Knight and Marquese Chriss to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton.

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

Meanwhile, Brandon Knight is expected to serve as the Rockets' primary backup point guard next season.

Knight will probably back up Houston all-star Chris Paul on a team that had the best record in the National Basketball Association last season and reached the Western Conference finals. Anderson reduced the guarantee on his 2019-20 salary from $21 million to $15.6 million to help facilitate the deal, according to ESPN. This year, Anderson will be paid $20.4 million. This is a setback for the guard in his recovery from a torn ACL that cost him all of last season, and it could slow his integration into the rotation.

Knight, also a No. 8 overall pick, but in the 2001 draft, will be joining his fourth team.

Phoenix signed him to a five-year, $70 million contract extension in July 2015.

That season, with Markieff Morris playing the four, Phoenix snuck up on the league and won 48 games - although they missed the playoffs by a hair. He averaged 13.6 points per game two years ago, his first season in Houston. He averaged 9.3 points and knocked down 38.6 percent of his 3-pointers with the Rockets in 2017-18.

The Suns appear to be committed to winning this season after tanking their way to the No. 1 pick in June's draft, with which they selected big man Deandre Ayton.

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