A person with knowledge of the situation says Phoenix and Houston are close to finalizing a trade that would send forward Ryan Anderson to the Suns and point guard Brandon Knight to the Rockets. He has two years and $41 million left on his contract.
The Rockets finished last season at 65-17, finishing first in the Western Conference and losing to the Warriors in the Western Conference finals.
The 30-year-old Anderson averaged 9.3 points per game in a reduced role for Houston last season. They included Melton-a promising young guard out of USC-to sweeten the deal. Gambadoro did say that Knight should be read for the start of the regular season.
Knight will probably back up Houston all-star Chris Paul on a team that had the best record in the National Basketball Association last season and reached the Western Conference finals. On Friday however, Wojnarowski reported that Anderson agreed to reduce the guarantee on his 2019-20 salary to $15.6 million - which only applies if he is waived. He averaged 8.3 points, 3.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game in the 2016-17 season for the Trojans and did not play past year. Okobo, out of France, was the 31st pick in last June's draft and showed flashes at Summer League but has a lot of adjusting to do, and his game needs to mature, to really fit at the National Basketball Association level.
He averaged nearly a block and steal per game over his two years, but that was based largely on his athleticism instead of particularly strong defense.
The Suns appear to be committed to winning this season after tanking their way to the No. 1 pick in June's draft, with which they selected big man Deandre Ayton. He could provide solid minutes as a backup to Chris Paul, if Knight is recovered from a torn ACL that kept him out in 2017.