Deal close on 4-player trade with Suns, Rockets

The Houston Rockets just made their chess move

What the Rockets getMarquese Chriss #0 of the Phoenix Suns moves the ball past Zhou Qi #9 of the Houston Rockets on November 16, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The biggest key to it all was offloading Ryan Anderson's enormous contract, and that's reportedly been achieved on Thursday night.

The deal sent Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton to the Suns for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight.

Phoenix also acquired 2018 first-round pick De'Anthony Melton in return. His ability to contribute as a shooting guard in the National Basketball Association is yet to be determined.

Last night, the Houston Rockets finally moved their dead weight elsewhere. Anderson reduced the guarantee on his 2019-20 salary from $21 million to $15.6 million to help facilitate the deal, according to ESPN.

Melton was a second-round pick out of USC this year who had some good moments in Summer League play. Here is why the trade makes sense for the Rockets. Knight has two years and $30.2 million left on his contract.

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Chriss looked like the odd man out of the rotation with additions Trevor Ariza and Mikal Bridges. If they don't exercise Chriss' team option before the October 31 deadline, they'll save up to $5.6 million in 2019 with the difference between Anderson and Knight's contracts.

For his career, Knight has averaged 15.2 points, 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 382 games.

Chriss, the No. 8 pick in the 2016 draft, averaged 7.7 points and 5.5 rebounds last season, playing in 72 games (49 starts) for the Suns.

A stretch-four, Anderson shot 40 percent from 3-point range two seasons ago with Houston. Harrison played 23 games for the Suns last season and showed a great work ethic and some real potential, he was solid when he was in for them.

Wojnarowski reported that Anderson will start at power forward for the Suns.