According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Chris Paul informed the Los Angeles Clippers that he would sign with the Houston Rockets in free agency, and the teams began serious discussions on trade options. They have reportedly agreed on a deal that would send Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker and more to Los Angeles in exchange for one of the greatest floor generals ever in their quest to become a serious contender.
Sources: After Paul informed Clippers he’d sign w/ HOU in FA, teams agreed to deal sending Beverley, Decker, Williams and 2018 FRP for Paul. https://t.co/9Lk9FPEPbu
James Harden has been at the center of Houstons push for Paul. The two were teammates on the 2012 U.S. mens Olympic basketball team. CP3 averaged 18 points, 9.2 assists, five rebounds, and two steals for the Clippers last season and has consistently been one of the leagues best point guards for over a decade.
Houston posted the third-best record in the NBA last season with Harden averaging 29.7 points and a league-leading 11.2 assists, orchestrating DAntonis Seven Seconds or Less offense with flair and panache.
Fans who understand what a pairing of Harden and Paul can accomplish under the tutelage of head coach Mike D’Antoni have to be excited. If you recall the magic he worked with fringe players such as Jeremy Lin and Raymond Felton, and of course those incredible seasons with Steve Nash in Phoenix, can you imagine what he can cook up with The Beard and CP3 in the same backcourt?
Stay tuned as more details emerge