Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Rockets trade for Clippers star Chris Paul, will opt-in to contract

Rockets trade for Clippers star Chris Paul, will opt-in to contract

Instead of testing free agency like expected, Chris Paul has agreed to opt in to his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers so the team can trade him to the Houston Rockets, according to The Vertical. He played six seasons with Los Angeles after six seasons in New Orleans.

In return, the Clippers are receiving a first-round pick, guards Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley, forward/centers Montrezl Harrell and Kyle Wiltjer, and a familiar name to Wisconsin sports fans, forward Sam Dekker.

The Clippers made the deal after Paul opted-in to the final season of his contract.

According to ESPN, Paul had chose to decline the player option on his contract with the Clippers and planned to sign with the Rockets as a free agent. A Paul-Harden union certainly won't make the Rockets title favorites over the Warriors, but it will give them a pair of superstars at a time when that seems to be the baseline for postseason success in the National Basketball Association.

The best part of the trade is that the Rockets did not lose many important pieces. He's averaged 18.7 points, 9.8 assists and 2.4 steals over the six seasons.

Paul also is a nine-time All-NBA player and was named to the NBA's All-Defensive team nine times. As a matter of fact, Harden led the league in assists a year ago with 11.2 per game, while Paul was ranked fourth with a 9.2-assist average.

Adrian Wojnarowski, who also broke news about the D'Angelo Russell trade, tweeted the report on Wednesday morning.

Considering that Mike D'Antonio is a Houston Rockets head coach, and he is well known for his fantastic offense, it won't be surprising if Harden averages over 30 points per game next season.

Paul was ranked No. 3 on the list of top available free agents this offseason compiled by ESPN's Kevin Pelton.

Chris Paul and James Harden were determined to play together, and found a way with Rockets-Clippers trade agreed upon today. 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. However, the opportunity to pair with James Harden toppled plans to have Paul re-sign and keep the Clippers All-Star core intact.

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