The Houston Rockets have traded Ryan Anderson and the 46th pick on the 2018 NBA Draft, De'Anthony Melton, to the Phoenix Suns. The sharpshooting big man fell out of the team's rotation during the postseason previous year, and while his ability to hit threes can appeal to just about any team, he struggles on the defensive end and is owed about $41 million over the next two seasons.
Knight, meanwhile, is coming off ACL surgery that kept him sidelined for all of 2017-18.
With the departure of veteran point guard Brandon Knight, the Suns will "continue pursuing a trade for a starting-level point guard" before the start of the regular season, according to Woj. Plus Knight is a steady hand in the backcourt when healthy, something the team can use in a limited role or for stretches where Chris Paul is out. The fact the Rockets didn't have to package a first-round draft pick with Anderson to get rid of him - the standard pot-sweetener with bad contracts - is a significant boon as well. But what makes the trade the most vexing is the Suns taking on the 30-year-old Anderson's contract - which has two seasons and nearly $42 million left on it.
Anderson could recoup some of that money if he's waived as teams enter 2019 with more cap space.