Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Rockets to acquire Chris Paul from Clippers

Rockets to acquire Chris Paul from Clippers

He then agreed to opt-in on his contract for next season that will pay him $24.2 million next season, clearing the way for the Clippers to ship Paul to the Rockets.

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the deal. Paul is a nine-time all-star, eight-time all-NBA player and a nine-time all-defensive team member who averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists and two steals per game last season. Los Angeles reached the postseason in each of Paul's six seasons with the team, but the Clippers were eliminated in the first round three times and in the Western Conference semifinals three other times.

Eaves reported that the relationship between Paul and Rivers had soured because of two main issues - Rivers' son, Clippers guard Austin Rivers, and a potential Carmelo Anthony trade that fell through. The 28-year-old point guard averaged 9.5 points, 4.2 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game this past season.

There are a lot of things you can say about the Houston Rockets over the past five or six seasons, many of them good, but with a few sketchy blemishes along the way (Dwight's last season, Game 6 last month).

This trade is only waiting on Chris Paul to opt into a contract, meaning it is a sign and trade transaction.

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The eight-time All-NBA guard was also linked to the San Antonio Spurs this offseason.

It's a crippling blow to the Clippers, whose championship hopes were largely contingent on the front office's ability to retain Paul and Griffin. Less than a week after one superstar was moved from Chicago to Minnesota in Jimmy Butler, a longtime division for of the Warriors has now reportedly moved on from its star player.

He will join a team led by star James Harden that was eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals and would likely have to go through the champion Warriors to reach the National Basketball Association finals.

The Rockets will become one of the league's most fascinating teams next season, combining two All-Star point guards in James Harden and Paul in the same back-court.

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