Houston Rockets Acquire Chris Paul in Trade With Clippers

Posted July 08, 2017

At one time, Paul was a top-three point guard in the league.

Along with Dekker, the Clippers also will be receiving guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams along with a protected 2018 first-round pick.

Houston and the Clippers, who were third and fourth respectively during the just completed regular season in the Western Conference, have chosen different paths during this current offseason. They're still going to go after forward Paul George out of Lancaster, who is now with the Indiana Pacers. Beverley received National Basketball Association defensive first team honors last week, but averaged just 9.3 points in his five seasons with the Rockets.

If the Wizards offer something similar to what the Rockets gave up, that hypothetical would likely include some combination of Otto Porter, who would have to do a sign-and-trade, Kelly Oubre, Jr., Marcin Gortat or Ian Mahinmi. They have firmly replaced the Lakers as the best team in Los Angeles with five straight years of more than 50 wins, and they'd still have a good chance to be a playoff team with a core of Griffin, Jordan and Beverley.

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Until it is done and the proof is in the pudding, the Rockets still can't compete with Golden State, and they have to get past San Antonio first for that feeling to change. However, both guards are more than capable as off-ball shooters and slashers, so look for "Coach of the Year" Mike D'Antoni to make things work offensively. Rumors stated that Chris Paul was not a true leader and that the big three did not like each other. Wiltjer spent most of his rookie season a year ago in the D-league after going undrafted out of Gonzaga.

George would be a ideal fit alongside Harden and Paul. That means Harden will likely get fewer opportunities at the free-throw line, where he led the league in free throws made per game (9.2) and free throws attempted (10.9) in 2017.

Chris Paul is on his way to the Houston Rockets, according to a report from Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, in a move that is expected to shake up the NBA's power structure. We see the first results at the moment, and we have to add that they are on the right track.