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Clippers agree to trade All-Star Chris Paul to Rockets, AP source says

28 June 2017

While it was previously reported that the Rockets had emerged as a serious contender to land Paul on the open market, Wojnarowski is now indicating that the seasoned signal caller has elected to opt in to his current contract in order to make his way to Houston.

Goodman didn't report any names, but with Paul George on the trade block and linked to the Rockets earlier in the off-season, he appears to be a likely target. Even if Blake Griffin, who made a decision to opt out of his contract, stays with the team, the Clippers won't be as good without Chris Paul.

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Paul played for the Clippers for the past six seasons, where he failed to lead the team past the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. We'll see how Paul and Harden, who just converted to point guard last season, are able to play together, but it seems as though they were very eager to do so. He averaged 12 points per game and shot a career-high 37 percent on 3-pointers last season as a 24-year-old.

The former Arkansas Razorbacks standout is a part of the Chris Paul blockbuster trade that went down late Wednesday morning. According to ESPN's Real Plus-Minus, which measures a player's impact in net point differential per 100 offensive and defensive possessions after accounting for teammates and opponents, Paul was the second-best player in the National Basketball Association a year ago behind LeBron James.

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However, as ESPN's Zach Lowe noted on his podcast, "The Lowe Post," the Rockets could maybe use a dose of Paul's more traditional shot selection.

It's a crippling blow to the Clippers, whose championship hopes were largely contingent on the front office's ability to retain Paul and Griffin. He averaged 14.9 points and three rebounds in 23 games for Houston after the trade. And star center DeAndre Jordan can become a free agent in the summer of 2018.

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Given that the Chris Paul trade is better than losing him for nothing, Los Angeles will have their work cut out for them.

Clippers agree to trade All-Star Chris Paul to Rockets, AP source says