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.
Rockets’ Clint Capela Out with Concussion
Capela took a charge late in the Rockets’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers when he collided with Clippers’ JaMychel Green and seemed to have hit his head.
Capela was evaluated for a concussion following the collision.
Rockets’ Gerald Green to Undergo Foot Surgery
Houston Rockets’s swingman Gerald Green will undergo surgery on his broken left foot on Monday, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen.
Green met with several specialists to evaluate his options but ultimately opted to undergo surgery.
Green suffered the injury during the Rockets’ second preseason game in Tokyo, Japan earlier this month and there is no specific timetable for his return to the court following surgery.
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The Houston Rockets have claimed veteran power forward Ray Spaulding off of waivers from the Atlanta Hawks, according to Stadium and The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The Rockets opened up an available roster spot when the released forward Anthony Bennett earlier this week.
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