Suns looking to acquire starting point guard after Ryan Anderson deal

The Rockets have traded Ryan Anderson to the Suns for Brandon Knight in a four-player deal, according to ESPN. The trade allows the Rockets to get rid of Anderson and the two years and $41.6 million left on his contract.

A torn ACL in July 2017 shut him down last season. At best, he could receive 15-20 minutes a game and average double-digit points and a few assists, which would make Houston very deep at guard.

Knight, initially acquired in February 2015 for a Lakers first-round pick that eventually turned into Suns 2018 draft pick Mikal Bridges, was expected to play a large role in the Suns backcourt.

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

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Anderson agreed to reduce his salary from almost $21 million to $15.6 million, matching Knight's salary for the 2018-19 season, in order to complete the trade, according to Woj.

Anderson could recoup some of that money if he's waived as teams enter 2019 with more cap space.

Chriss was the No. 8 pick in the 2016 National Basketball Association draft. Knight has a career average of 15.2 points per game in eight seasons with Detroit, Milwaukee and Phoenix. If they don't exercise Chriss' team option before the October 31 deadline, they'll save up to $5.6 million in 2019 with the difference between Anderson and Knight's contracts. At the same time, they needed depth at the power forward position, like Ryan Anderson. His averaged dropped from 9.2 points as a rookie to 7.7 points last season.

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. The Rockets rarely play without James Harden or Chris Paul on the floor.

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