News broke today that the LA Clippers agreed to trade Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets.
Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the LA Clippers will trade Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets once the NBA moratorium ends on July 6th. Chris Paul will opt into the last year of his contract for the trade.
This news comes following reports that James Harden would push hard for the free agent point guard. Paul joins runner-up MVP candidate James Harden. Several sites, including ours, didn’t see how both Paul and Harden could work together. However, this didn’t seem to matter to Houston as they still pushed for the deal.
The LA Clippers will get some pieces back for CP3, so it’s not all bad news. Chris Paul could have just signed with any team after opting out of his contract.
The Clippers will receive guards Patrick Beverly and Lou Williams and the young prospect in Sam Dekker. According to The Vertical, there will also be several smaller pieces, including unguaranteed contracts to make the deal work.
Chris Paul didn’t leave on bad terms, however. According to Chris Broussard, he actually informed the Clippers that he would like to help them get some pieces back instead of just bolting.
Blake Griffin still has a decision to make, but NBA executives around the league reportedly believe that since CP3 is leaving, the LA Clippers have a better chance at bringing Blake back.