The Houston Rockets have acquired nine-time All-Star Chris Paul in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to multiple reports
The Houston Rockets have acquired nine-time All-Star Chris Paul in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to multiple reports.
The trade, first reported by the Vertical, will see the Clippers receive Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams and a 2018 first-round pick in return for the 32-year-old. The Clippers risked losing Paul to free agency for nothing before they made the trade he had opted in for the last year of his contract so LA could work on a deal.
Paul will team up with James Harden, who finished second to Russell Westbrook in this years MVP race. Whether the pair ever reach the NBA finals in a Western Conference that also includes the dominant Golden State Warriors is another question. The Rockets have lost to the Warriors in the playoffs in two of the last three seasons this year they were beaten by the San Antonio Spurs, another Western Conference powerhouse, in the conference semi-finals.
The Clippers, meanwhile, have not lived up to their potential in recent years, despite having the talents of Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. They have lost in the first-round of the playoffs for the past two years.
Paul was drafted fifth overall by New Orleans in 2005. He has been named to the All-NBA first-team four times and is to the defensive team seven times. He has also won two Olympic gold medals for Team USA.