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Chris Paul Has Been Traded to the Houston Rockets

Earlier yesterday morning it was announced that superstar point guard Chris Paul would be traded to the Houston Rockets. As Paul’s contract states, he had the choice to either opt-in for his final year with Los Angeles Clippers, or opt-out and become an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with whichever team he desired. In the past few days, rumors began to arise that Paul was leaning towards leaving the Clippers and signing with the Houston Rockets. This morning, Paul reportedly informed the Clippers’ Front Office of his intentions and decided to opt-in to the final year of his contract, allowing the Clippers to salvage something out of his departure. Paul will become an unrestricted free agent after the coming season.

In exchange for the nine-time All-Star, the Clippers received veteran point guard Patrick Beverly, wing Sam Dekker, former sixth-man of the year Lou Williams, big man Montrezl Harrell, and their 2018 first round pick (which is likely to fall between 24-27). Beverly, considered to be one the league’s best on-ball defenders, will likely step into the starting point guard role with the Clippers. Sam Dekker will likely challenge Luc Richard Mbah a Moute for the starting small forward role. With key players Blake Griffin and JJ Redick headed to free agency, the Clippers may be entering ‘rebuild mode.’

 

Chris Paul will join MVP runner-up James Harden in Houston. Unable to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference, Harden was very active in convincing Paul to join forces with him. Paul reportedly liked the idea of not having to carry the entire offensive load for the first time in his 12-year career. Paul’s arrival will also allow Harden, who averaged 28 points per game last year, to focus even more on scoring, rather than setting up his teammates. Harden will likely be the odds-on favorite to the lead the league in scoring next season.

The Rockets, however, are not quite done making moves yet. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst is reporting that Rockets now have their sights set on acquiring superstar Paul George from the Pacers. With most of their tradable assets given to the Clippers, the most likely scenario is that Rockets sign a big-name free agent such as Blake Griffin, Paul Millsap, or Gordon Hayward instead. Another possibility for the Rockets, is signing ten-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony should the Knicks buy him out. Paul and Anthony are good friends and, with the firing of Knicks General Manager and known Carmelo-supporter, Phil Jackson, Anthony would no doubt be intrigued by the possibility of joining his good friend on a championship-contending team.

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