Report: Clippers trade Chris Paul to Rockets

CP3 set to join Harden in Houston to form super team

June 28, 2017 - 8:45 am

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to trade Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The 32-year-old point guard agreed to opt out of the final year of his $24.2 million contract, clearing the way for the move which will send guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, forward Sam Dekker and a 2018 first-round pick (protected Nos. 1-3) to Staples Center.

The nine-time All-Star can now sign a five-year, $205 million maximum extension with the Rockets. Wojnarowski reported that Paul had a "strong desire" to team up with Harden in Houston, which faciliatated the move because the Clippers knew Paul could have walked away from the club at the end of next season when he was due to become a free agent. 

One immediate question that arises from the blockbuster is how Paul and James, his new backcourt running mate, will co-exist in Houston.

From the Golden State Warriors persepctive, the move keeps Paul away from the San Antonio Spurs, their chief rival in the West.

Goodman adds that the Rockets will attempt to add a third piece to their emerging super team:

That third piece could reportedly be Paul George or Carmelo Anthony.

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