Tucker last season. There's no slam-dunk return for the Rockets here, but despite their individual challenges, Chriss and Knight still have age on their side.
Chriss was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 National Basketball Association draft, but hasn't come close to fulfilling his potential. While he's demonstrated no shooting touch, he still possesses elite-level athleticism, something that can be utilized to fit the Rockets' system.
The Rockets selected Melton in the second round of the 2018 National Basketball Association draft.
Last season, he averaged 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in 66 games (50 starts) for the Rockets.
The Rockets don't have plans to use the stretch provision in order to waive Knight, per ESPN's Zach Lowe.
Financially, the move gives Houston a little more flexibility next summer.
Both Anderson and Chriss were born in Sacramento. Last season, though, despite posting a strong 38.6 percent from deep, he shot two fewer 3-pointers per game. In other words, he could be a solid addition to a contending team's bench.
If the trade goes through as expected, Anderson could be the starting power forward for Phoenix.
Anderson reduced the guarantee on his 2019-20 salary from $21 million to $15.6 million to help facilitate the deal, according to ESPN.