The Houston Rockets have reached an agreement on a trade for LA Clippers All-Star point guard Chris Paul.
The Clippers will receive Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams, and a first-round pick in 2018 that’s top-three protected.
Chris Paul met with the Clippers on Tuesday and didn’t like what he heard from the team, sources say. He informed them on Tuesday night that he planned to leave in free agency if he declined his option. However, Paul agreed to opt in for the final year of his contract (worth $24.2 million) to facilitate the trade. Because he is being acquired in a trade, Paul will be eligible for a five-year deal worth an estimated $205 million from the Rockets after this season. If the nine-time All-Star had opted out and signed with a team other than the Clippers in free agency, the most a team could have offered was a four-year deal worth just more than $152 million.
Paul and fellow All-Star guard James Harden were reportedly determined to play alongside each other. The 32-year-old was also strongly considering joining the San Antonio Spurs, but liked the idea of playing off the ball more while also sharing the responsibility of running the point with Harden, sources told ESPN.
Once trade for Paul is official, Houston will try to acquire All-Star Paul George from the Indiana Pacers, sources told ESPN.
Chris Paul Spent six seasons with Clippers, averaging 18.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting, 9.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.2 steals across 409 games. However, the Clippers never once advanced to the Western Conference finals.
Source: thescore.com, espn.com, bleacherreport.com