Chris Paul and James Harden were determined to play together, and found a way with Rockets-Clippers trade agreed upon today.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 28, 2017
The Clippers made the deal after Paul opted-in to the final season of his contract.
Chris Paul opting in instead of signing new max contract now will cost him about $11 million next season. But he has a $3.6M trade kicker.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 28, 2017
The veteran point guard would've been one of the most sought-after free agents on the market. Instead he'll join the Rockets, who fell to the San Antonio Spurs in six games during the second round of this year's playoffs.
Rockets are in midst of painting salary-cap manipulation masterpiece and there's a horde of teams involved or trying to get involved.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 28, 2017
Rockets telling teams they've been in talks with they've assembled needed pieces to execute Paul trade. Headed to league office for approval— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 28, 2017
Based on ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus, Chris Paul was NBA’s second-most productive player on a per-minute basis last season, behind LeBron James.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 28, 2017
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. He now joins NBA MVP runner-up James Harden in Houston's high-powered offense.
Paul, a nine-time All-Star, turned 32 in May.
The Rockets led the entire NBA with 1,181 made three-pointers this regular season, 114 more than second-place Cleveland. Paul's ability to facilitate the offense - after Harden adapted so seamlessly in his transition to point guard last season - will allow Harden and the rest of the Rockets' three-point shooters potentially even more open looks.
The Vertical first reported the agreement.
Later in the day, they reported that the Rockets traded for Tim Quarterman of the Trailblazers in exchange for cash.
Portland has traded Tim Quarterman to the Houston Rockets for cash, league source tells @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 28, 2017
The Rockets are gathering non-guaranteed contracts to use in Clippers trade, or elsewhere. Owner Leslie Alexander is spending to compete. https://t.co/V5L0jaWT8u— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 28, 2017
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