Rockets' Ryan Anderson dealt to Suns

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Houston will shed Anderson's approximate $20.5 million salary and get a promising young player in Marquese Chriss as well as another veteran guard in Brandon Knight, although he'll be making about $14.5 million next season. With Knight gone and Phoenix having traded or dumped two other former Cats who played point guard in Eric Bledsoe and Tyler Ulis in the past year, the Suns have only one former United Kingdom star left in Devin Booker.

Aside from successfully dumping Ryan Anderson to Phoenix, the Rockets will be receiving two players who can help them become more competitive in the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season.

Anderson played in 66 games this past season for Houston and averaged 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from three. Former Murray State point guard Isaiah Canaan is also on the Suns' roster. That financial concession will likely make trading Anderson an easier proposition for Phoenix, too.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, "Anderson agreed to reduce the guarantee on his $21M salary in 2019-20 to $15.6M", which is roughly equal to Knight's 2019-20 salary.

The Rockets have reportedly been looking to trade Anderson for quite a while now.

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While Knight's contract isn't the savviest deal on earth, his two years and $30 million owed are more palatable than what Anderson is making.

Phoenix acquired Knight from the Bucks in February 2015.

Chriss was the eighth overall pick out of Washington two years ago who has not progressed the way the Suns had hoped. He has two years and $41 million left on his contract. At the same time, they needed depth at the power forward position, like Ryan Anderson.

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. When both James Harden and Chris Paul need to rest, Rockets Head Coach Mike D'Antoni could pair Knight with Eric Gordon.

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