Published: Sat, September 01, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Ryan Anderson Agrees To Reduction Of 19-20 Guarantee To $15.6M

Ryan Anderson Agrees To Reduction Of 19-20 Guarantee To $15.6M

The Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns swapped bad contracts in an interesting four-player trade made on Thursday night.

Knight, initially acquired in February 2015 for a Lakers first-round pick that eventually turned into Suns 2018 draft pick Mikal Bridges, was expected to play a large role in the Suns' backcourt.

While the Rockets won't be getting that starting-caliber point guard, their hope is he'll be a serviceable backup in limited minutes.

The 21-year-old Chriss averaged 7.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season.

Chriss, the No. 8 pick of the 2016 draft, has been a disappointment thus far.

Financially, the move gives Houston a little more flexibility next summer.

The addition of Chriss will add an athletic big man off the bench for the Rockets, as well as a player with a bit more upside than Anderson.

Houston has been trying to get rid of Anderson's contract for a while. Last season, though, despite posting a strong 38.6 percent from deep, he shot two fewer 3-pointers per game.

Anderson spent the past two seasons with the Rockets and appeared in 138 games, while averaging 11.6 points and 4.8 rebounds.

Phoenix has until July 10, 2019, to decide on picking up Anderson's $21.3 million deal or waiving him for $15.6 million.

For the Suns, the $15.6M represents Brandon Knight's salary for the 2019-20 season.

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