According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Paul agreed to opt into his player option, which allowed the Los Angeles Clippers to flip him to the Rockets in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams and a 2018 first-round pick.
Sam Amick of USA Today confirmed the terms of the agreement, adding Houston’s first-round pick is top-three protected.
Wojnarowski reported Paul “had a strong desire to play with Rockets All-Star guard James Harden,” leading to the trade. Wojnarowski also stated that Paul and Harden spoke about playing together “at length,” adding they believe they can “thrive together.”
Let’s gooooo. NBA CHAOS. Everyone trade everyone. I’d donate half of my brain cells for the 2017-18 season to start tonight. Jimmy Butler in Minnesota. Chris Paul in Houston. Phil Jackson probably stuck on the F train somewhere. This is the best offseason ever.
Chris Paul and James Harden are going to give opposing teams fits. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are cute or whatever but Houston has the best backcourt in the NBA now and it isn’t even close. They might be the first pair of guards to both average 10 assists a game.
Now that I’m done praising the Rockets, Los Angeles clearly won this trade. If they were going to lose Chris Paul anyway, at least they got back a defensive stopper in Beverly and the best scorer off the bench in Lou Williams.
I mean, the problem is that now that Clippers roster consists almost entirely of 6th men outside of DeAndre Jordan. Hopefully they are stacking chips to make more moves later because I don’t imagine that Blake Griffin and JJ Redick will be coming back now to play alongside the great Sam Dekker.
The Houston Rockets are going to score 200 points a game and I cannot wait.
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