Melton and Ryan Anderson were traded from the Rockets to the Suns in exchange for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Melton was drafted by Houston in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft. After putting up impressive numbers throughout the summer, he'll head to the Suns, where he figures to see plenty of opportunities for playing time throughout his rookie season.
Melton mustered 16 points (5-17 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 10 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and one block across 29 minutes during the Rockets' 92-87 loss to the Cavaliers in a Las Vegas Summer League contest Saturday. The 20-year-old has staked his claim for additional opportunity this fall with an excellent body of work in Las Vegas. Factoring in Saturday's production, he compiled averages of 16.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals across 30.0 minutes over five games. While his shot was far from sharp Saturday, Melton continued to turn in excellent work on the glass, as a facilitator and on defense, propping up his final line considerably.
Melton finished with 17 points (6-16 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 109-102 summer league victory over Brooklyn. Melton's stock continues to rise as he put up another all-around impressive performance. He currently leads the Rockets summer league squad in points, assists, steals and minutes played. After sitting his sophomore season at USC, he came into the draft largely unheralded but has certainly flashed his upside across the last week. He is going to push for a regular season roster spot but still remains buried behind the likes of Chris Paul and James Harden, barring any injuries.
Melton provided 26 points (9-16 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 3-3 FT). 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a blocked shot across 32 minutes in Monday's 104-90 win over the Clippers in a Vegas Summer League contest. Melton delivered what could arguably be the best performance by any player in the Vegas Summer League thus far. His double-double showing had a little bit of everything. 5-of-10 from long range, 10 rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots were all recorded, leaving many to wonder how this game came from the same player who had two dreadful outings in his first two Summer League games. After missing his sophomore season amid an FBI investigation involving illegal money transactions by a family friend, he took a big risk by going to the draft as a one-and-done player with no recent tape. Only time will tell if he can find a spot on this already -stacked Rockets roster.
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