The Rockets have traded Ryan Anderson to the Suns for Brandon Knight in a four-player deal, according to ESPN.
Houston has traded Ryan Anderson and De’Anthony Melton to Phoenix for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 31, 2018
Phoenix also acquired 2018 first-round pick De’Anthony Melton in return. The Rockets will receive 2016 No. 8 overall pick Marquese Chriss.
Houston has been trying to get rid of Anderson’s contract for a while.
He signed a four-year, $80 million deal to play for the Rockets in 2016. Houston has gotten rid of that contract and received a cheaper player in return in Chriss, who is still in the midst of his rookie deal and Knight, who is a bit cheaper than Anderson.
Knight does have two years left on the five-year, $70 million deal he signed in 2015, but by acquiring the 26-year-old guard, Houston saves about $10 million over the next two seasons on the cap.
Knight is coming off of a season in which he averaged 11.0 points and 2.4 assists in 54 games (five starts) for the Suns.
Anderson averaged 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in 66 games (54 starts) for Houston last season.