Rockets to acquire Chris Paul from Clippers

Rockets to acquire Chris Paul from Clippers

The Houston Rockets have reached an agreement to acquire Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, according to the Associated Press.

Before being traded to the Clippers in 2011, Paul spent six seasons with the New Orleans Hornets.

In exchange for the All-Star point guard's services, the Clippers will be receiving fellow guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams in addition to forward Sam Dekker and a first-round NBA Draft pick in 2018.

Paul just recently agreed to opt into the final year of his contract with the Clippers. Paul's ability to facilitate the offense - after Harden adapted so seamlessly in his transition to point guard last season - will allow Harden and the rest of the Rockets' three-point shooters potentially even more open looks.

In five seasons with the Rockets, Beverley has averaged 9.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game and is known as a defensive pest. Paul specifically had an issue with how Doc Rivers treated his son versus his treatment of other players on the team, according to Eaves.


Dekker also thanked Houston, while Texans star J.J.

Paul's departure probably marks the end of the Clippers' run as a consistent top-5 team in the West, though they'll likely have Blake Griffin around to keep the team respectable.

While it initially seemed as though the Houston Rockets would be adding All-Star point guard Chris Paul for almost nothing, the stakes have since been raised.

The Rockets are notoriously analytically driven and use an offensive philosophy that eschews mid-range shots and deep twos for shots in the paint and three-pointers - the two most efficient shots in basketball. NY offered Carmelo and Sasha Vujacic to the Clippers in exchange for Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce and Austin Rivers, a deal to which Rivers ultimately said no.

Paul will now link up with James Harden at the Rockets, as they bid to get their hands on championship rings together.

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