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Suns Are Close On A Trade With Rockets

Phoenix and Houston are reportedly close to a four player swap.The deal would give the Suns a starter at a position of need yet leave them with a void at another position of need.

The proposed deal would send forward Ryan Anderson to the Suns and point guard Brandon Knight to the Rockets. Phoenix also would send former first-round pick forward Marquese Chriss to Houston and the Suns would get guard De’Anthony Melton in return from the Rockets.

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If the trade goes through as expected, Anderson would essentially be the starting power forward that Phoenix needs. He averaged 9.3 points last season and has two years left on a four-year, $80 million contract he signed with the Rockets in 2016. The Suns, provided no money changes hands along with the players would leave Phoenix on the hook for the remaining salary. According to sportrac.com Ryan Anderson signed a 4 year / $80,000,000 contract with the Houston Rockets, including $80,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $20,000,000. In 2018-19, Anderson will earn a base salary of $20,421,546, while carrying a cap hit of $20,421,546 and a dead cap value of $41,686,183.

Knight, looks to be the biggest loser in this particular trade. Brandon, who missed all of last season with a knee injury was on track to be fully healthy by the start of the season. So much so, that he was pegged to be the starting point guard for the Suns. Now, he figures to see time as a backup to Chris Paul in Houston.

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The trade does give the Suns a starting power forward but it would also leave Phoenix searching for a starter at the point guard position with no one on the roster ready to assume that responsibility.

Honestly, more than anything this may be a dump of a trade to get rid of a disappointing player. That player would be the 6-foot-10 Chriss, the eighth overall pick out of Washington in 2016. The Suns had high hopes when they drafted him. He also gave them reason to continue those hopes with his first year production. But sadly his average dropped from 9.2 points as a rookie to 7.7 points last season. But he is just 21 years old and a change of scenery may do the young man good.

Melton was a second-round pick out of USC this year who had some good moments in Summer League play.

This almost has the feeling that the Suns are working on another trade to accompany this trade that when it is all said and done will make more sense than this current trade does with the way it leaves the roster

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