Clippers agree to trade PG Paul to Rockets: reports
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[June 29, 2017]
(The Sports Xchange) - The Los
Angeles Clippers reached an agreement on a blockbuster trade to send
All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, according to
multiple reports Wednesday.
Paul, 32, agreed to opt in to the final year of his $24.2 million
contract, clearing the way for the Clippers to execute a
sign-and-trade deal with the Rockets and bring back assets for the
star player, league sources told The Vertical.
The Rockets will send forward Sam Dekker and guards Patrick Beverley
and Lou Williams, plus a top-three protected 2018 first-round pick
to the Clippers in exchange for Paul, sources told ESPN.
Paul had until Wednesday to opt out of the final year of his
contract and become an unrestricted free agent. The Clippers risked
losing Paul for nothing in free agency.
Paul could have signed a new deal with the Clippers that started at
$34 million a year had he opted out of his contract. He will now be
eligible to sign a five-year, $205 million maximum extension with
the Rockets since he is being acquired in a trade.
Paul wanted to play alongside Rockets All-Star guard James Harden,
according to The Vertical. Paul and Harden reportedly discussed the
possibility of a partnership at length and believe they can find a
way to thrive together.
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Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) reacts after he scores a
basket against the Utah Jazz during the second half in game five of
the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Richard
Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Paul, who was acquired by the Clippers in a 2011 trade with New
Orleans, is a nine-time All-Star, nine-time All-NBA player and a
nine-time All-Defensive team member. He played six seasons with Los
Angeles after six seasons in New Orleans.
For his career, Paul owns averages of 18.7 points, 9.9 assists and
2.3 steals in 834 NBA games.
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