According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed on a trade that will send all-star point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets. The Clippers will receive Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, and a top-three protected 2018 first round pick in return.
According to multiple sources Chris Paul planned to opt-out of his contract in order to join James Harden and the Rockets in free agency if the Clippers couldn’t work out a trade with the Rockets.
Even though Paul is 32 years old he is still one of the best point guards in the league. Paul averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists, and 5 rebounds per game last season. Pairing up Paul with a superstar like James Harden who averaged 29.1 points, 11.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds per game last season will make the Houston Rockets a force to be reckoned with.
The Rockets will have starting lineup most likely composed of Chris Paul, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson, and Clint Capela. This lineup is very impressive but it can not compete with the Golden State Warriors as-is. The Rockets will still need to make more moves in order to be serious title contenders. That is why the Rockets are trying to get more stars like Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.
This trade is also beneficial for the Clippers as well. They got a lock down defender in Patrick Beverley, a great scorer in Lou Williams, a potential starting small forward in Sam Dekker, and a good backup power forward in Montrezl Harrell. The Clippers also received a top-three protected pick for next year’s draft.
This trade also reportedly clears the way for the Clippers to re-sign Blake Griffin. The Clippers will still be playoff contenders next year if they manage to resign Griffin. Griffin will have to decide between a 5 year $175 million deal with the Clippers or a 4 year $130 million deal somewhere else.