Ryan Anderson will start for Suns who are still on the lookout for point guard
The Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns were involved in a huge trade last night as the Rockets sent Ryan Anderson and De’Anthony Melton to the Suns in exchange for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight. The main piece in the deal was sharpshooter Anderson, and the Suns already have big plans for the 30-year-old as well while continuing their pursuit for a starting caliber point guard.
Anderson will be the Suns starting power forward, and front office will continue to pursue trade scenarios to bring on a starting-caliber point guard before start of season. https://t.co/uLs5TT7IqU
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 31, 2018
The Suns will utilize Anderson at the power forward position in order to stretch the floor for newly-drafted center Deandre Ayton to operate in the paint. Ayton was taken as the top overall pick in this summer’s NBA draft, and Anderson will be a perfect complement in the frontcourt for the big man being a career 38.2 percent marksman from long range. Second-round pick Melton was used to sweeten the deal, who did put up a strong showing during the Las Vegas Summer League.
As for the Rockets, the organization finally got to offload Anderson’s unfavorable contract. The 6-foot-11 shooter has two-years and $41.7 million left on his deal and proved to be a big financial obstacle for the franchise when trying to lure big-name free agents to Houston that demanded large salaries.
With the acquisition of Chriss and Knight, the Rockets add two rotation players to replace the hole left by Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah A’ Moute who left the organization this summer. Knight was sidelined for the entirety of last campaign after undergoing ACL surgery, and Chriss is looking to up his production in his third season in the league after underwhelming in his sophomore year.
Despite bringing in Anderson, the Suns’ business this offseason is far from done, as they are still exploring trades to bring in a starting point guard alongside rising star Devin Booker in the backcourt. They acquired guard Elfrid Payton last campaign, but the 24-year-old who’s now with the New Orleans Pelicans disappointed in his brief stint with the franchise.
Due to this, it’s likely this roster will look different come opening night as the Suns’ front office continues to build the foundation for success in the future.