Clippers agree to trade PG Paul to Rockets

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The Los Angeles Clippers traded Paul to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, and a first-round pick in 2018, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Austin has turned into a serviceable National Basketball Association guard in Los Angeles after being a lottery-pick bust for New Orleans. Even if Blake Griffin, who chose to opt out of his contract, stays with the team, the Clippers won't be as good without Chris Paul.

Instead of losing him with nothing in return, the team opened dialog with the Rockets and came to agreement, where Paul would opt in for the final year of his contract (worth $24.2 million) to facilitate the trade.

The best part of the trade is that the Rockets did not lose many important pieces.

The son of the Clippers coach/personnel guru has been on the team for the past three seasons serving as Paul's backup and evolving from a bad player to an average one.

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But Thunder fans don't need to be pleased about the team that just defeated them in the first-round of the playoffs acquiring a top-10 player in Paul. However, the opportunity to pair with James Harden toppled plans to have Paul re-sign and keep the Clippers All-Star core intact.

One concern is how Paul's midrange game fits in with Houston's philosophy of focusing on three-point attempts or layups while eschewing the midrange jumper.

Before a report Wednesday morning that the Rockets were pursuing Paul aggressively, the Spurs and Clippers were considered front-runners for the future Hall of Famer's services. And star center DeAndre Jordan can become a free agent in the summer of 2018.

Paul had a strong desire to play with Rockets All-Star guard James Harden, which led to the Clippers working out a trade with Houston, league sources said. Less than a week after one superstar was moved from Chicago to Minnesota in Jimmy Butler, a longtime division for of the Warriors has now reportedly moved on from its star player.

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