UPDATE (4:45p) – “Since winning back-to-back championships, the pursuit of a third title has remained the ultimate goal for our franchise,” said Rockets owner Leslie Alexander. “We feel that combining two of the league’s greatest players in James Harden and Chris Paul, operating in Coach D’Antoni’s system, gives us a championship caliber team that will compete at the highest level for years to come.
“On behalf of the Rockets organization and our fans I’d also like to thank Sam, Montrezl, Kyle, and Lou for helping make this past season a special one. I’d also like to personally express my deepest gratitude to Pat Beverley, who, for the past five seasons, always left everything he had out on the court.”
Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Rockets made the first blockbuster deal of the NBA Offseason on Tuesday trading for Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, according to The Verticle’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Paul played 61 games for LA last season averaging 18 points 9 assists and 5 rebounds in 31 minutes a game.
Reports have the Rockets sending Patrick Beverley, Eric Dekker, Lou Williams, and a 2018 1st round pick to the Clippers in exchange for the 9-time All-Star. A separate report from Brad Turner says the Clippers will also get Montrezl Harrell as part of the deal.