The person asked for anonymity on Thursday night because the deal had not been completed. "De'Anthony is a talented young guard who stood out for us throughout the pre-draft process and at the National Basketball Association summer league". Knight, a six-year National Basketball Association veteran, averaged 15.0 points and 3.8 assists in 117 games with the Suns after being acquired on February 19, 2015. Chriss showed a few flashes of being a competent player this past season, but he is far from being a consistent contributor or understanding the National Basketball Association game.
The No. 8 overall pick in 2016 has been unable to tap into the potential Phoenix saw when it traded up in the draft to pick him. Anderson opens it up for the prized center to go to work, while spacing the floor for other shooters as well. Knight has two years and $30 million left on his contract and missed last season because of a torn ACL.
To clear the way for a trade out of Houston, Anderson agreed to reduce the guarantee on his $21 million salary in 2019-20 to $15.6 million, league sources told ESPN.
Houston had been attempting to trade Anderson-who will make $41.7 million over the next two seasons-for well over a year.
The Suns now have Melton, Okobo, Shaquille Harrison and Isaiah Canaan as options at point guard. With the loss of Knight, the Suns plan to continue pursuing a trade for a starting-level point guard before the regular season. Even Anderson comes out of this deal in good position.
During the regular season, Anderson averaged just 9.3 points-a mark that was largely a result of his attempting 7.3 shots per game-his fewest since 2010-11. Melton became the first freshman in all of Division I basketball to record at least 300 points, 150 rebounds, 100 assists, 60 steals and 35 blocks since Dwyane Wade did so for Marquette in 2001-02.
Both Anderson and Chriss were born in Sacramento. The 26-year-old is due more than $30 million combined over the next two seasons.