Warriors news: Kevin Durant calls Rockets’ move to acquire Chris Paul a ‘smart move’
The Houston Rockets were the first to ring the bell, pulling off a trade for perennial All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who was favored to be retained by his former team, the L.A. Clippers.
The 32-year-old engineered his way out of Los Angeles and into the Clutch City train, forcing the Rockets front office to give up half the roster for his services. Durant was impressed.
“I’m not surprised by anything, but it was kind of like ‘Hmm. Damn, that’s a smart move. I wouldn’t think anybody would be that smart to pull that off.’ I think it was a great move,” said Durant. “You put two guys together that are crafty with the ball, they’re going to get everybody shots and they going to get each other shots. It was a ballsy move to pull off by [Rockets general manager Daryl] Morey. I don’t think anybody would have thought to do that.”
While many have argued about two ball-dominant players having to coexist on the same side of the floor, Durant seems to think this is a rather smart decision — giving the team two creators that can work off each other and benefit their teammates.
James Harden will relinquish his “points guard” title to Paul, indulging occasionally in creating off the dribble during isolation situation, making this a rather lethal combination with two elite passers in the same starting lineup.