The L.A. Clippers have agreed in terms to trade point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, sending point guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, forward Sam Dekker, and a 2018 first-round pick (top-3 protected) in return, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
After some reported friction with fellow star Blake Griffin and the everlasting desire to finally get out of the second round of the playoffs, Paul can now seek that opportunity alongside MVP candidate James Harden, who advocated for him, according to reports from Tuesday night.
The Clippers are getting back a hefty bundle of players for Paul — a defensive point guard, another sixth man-caliber player in Williams, and an athletic young wing along with a first-rounder to boot.
Harden and Paul were reportedly “determined to play together” and can now bring that to fruition in an attempt to catch the powerhouses in the Western Conference.
Chris Paul opting in instead of signing new max contract now will cost him about $11 million next season. But he has a $3.6M trade kicker.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 28, 2017
The perennial All-Star point guard would surely benefit from a offense-heavy emphasis under Mike D'Antoni‘s system in addition to the myriad of three-point shooters the Rockets boast within their offense. Harden would now handle the load of the scoring, switching from his “points guard” ball-dominant position into the scoring assassin he's managed to become since joining Clutch City.
L.A. will make a hard run at Griffin, attempting to retain his services now that Paul is soon to be shipped out, as well as narrowing their focus to bring back sharpshooter J.J. Redick — who's gotten plenty of looks from teams seeking an elite-caliber perimeter threat.