Chris Paul just left the Los Angeles Clippers in a “trade” to the Houston Rockets. Paul had planned to opt out of his contract with the Clippers and informed the team earlier in the week he planned to team up with James Harden in H-Town. However, he didn’t want to leave the organization that has done so much for him over the last few years high and dry, so he wanted the Clips to get something in return for the All-Star Point Guard. Long story short, Paul opted-in of his final year of the deal in order to facilitate the trade to the Rockets. The Clippers reportedly received Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, DeAndre Liggins, Tim Quarterman and a 2018 first-round pick for Chris Paul.
Why does this concern the rest of the league? Because the Rockets are also in on the Indiana Pacers star Small Forward Paul George. Paul’s reasoning behind the departure from LA was the better opportunity to win in Houston. Last time I checked, two superstars isn’t enough to win a title. You need three or even four to compete for a championship. Which makes the case for George joining up with CP3 and the Beard in the Lone Star state even more likely. That would give Houston a “Big Three” of Paul, George and Harden. Adding a veteran like Pau Gasol at a mid-level deal would give Houston a formidable starting line to contend with the Golden State Warriors for the forseeable future.
Regardless of who Houston might add after Chris Paul, the President of the Players’ Association on the roster is sure to be an attraction for the stars to align with in Houston.
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