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Suns Land Ryan Anderson, De’Anthony Melton in trade with Rockets

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The Phoenix Suns have acquired forward Ryan Anderson and guard De’Anthony Melton from the Houston Rockets in exchange for forward Marquese Chriss and point guard Brandon Knight, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Anderson agreed to reduce the guarantee on his $21 million salary in 2019-20 to $15.6 million to help facilitate a move out of Houston, who had been attempting to trade Anderson for two years due to his lofty salary.

Phoenix will have until July 10, 2019 to decide on guaranteeing the full amount for the final season of Anderson’s contract, and if they choose not to they can waive him and pay him his $15.6 million.

Chriss is the main piece heading to Houston. The Suns selected him with the 8th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft but Chriss has been a bust during his Suns tenure, often times looking out of place on the court and succumbing to a number of mental errors.

Chriss’ attitude has also become an issue and he had had trouble staying in shape, which motivated the Suns to move on from him despite trading for him on draft night.

Knight is expected to play backup to Rockets’ starting point guard Chris Paul.

Golden State Warriors

Rockets’ James Harden Prefers to Play in a System Versus Hero Ball

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Houston Rockets superstar James Harden has been having a phenomenal season offensively, but many people aren’t a fan of his “hero ball” style of play to rack up the stats.

Golden State Warriors’ guard Steph Curry said that he spoke with Harden, and that Harden stated his preference to play in a system, rather than play “hero ball”.

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2019 | @stephencurry30 on conversation with @jharden13 “I talked to James in the back… obviously complemented him on what he’s done. First thing he says is, it’s fun, but I want to play different. Playing by myself or whatever , heroball — the people wanna play in a system where they actually can play beautiful basketball with guys that know how to play.”

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Rockets Interested in Markieff Morris

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The Houston Rockets are keeping an eye on one veteran free agent as they prepare for the stretch run following the All-Star break, according to The Athletic’s Kelly Iko.

That veteran free agent is Markieff Morris, who is currently out with a neck injury but is expected to be ready following the All-Star break, according to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner.

Morris averaged 11.5 points per game for the Washington Wizards this season, and could provide a versatile forward to the Rockets offensive arsenal.

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Knicks’ Wesley Matthews Generating Interest from ‘Multiple Teams’

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New York Knicks veteran swingman Wesley Matthews may be on limited time with the Knicks as he is generating interest from a number of teams.

According to the New York Post’s Marc Berman, the Knicks have received
“multiple inquiries” about Matthews, with the Philadelphia 76ers expected to have interest as well.

Per the report, the Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Golden State Warriors are hoping that the Knicks buyout Matthews so he can hit the free agency market.

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