The Los Angles Clippers have agreed to trade their star point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets. After opting into his contract with the Clippers, the trade was as good as done.
In return, the Clippers are receiving a first-round pick, guards Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley, forward/centers Montrezl Harrell and Kyle Wiltjer, and a familiar name to Wisconsin sports fans, forward Sam Dekker.
The Rockets then traded cash for DeAndre Liggins (Mavericks) and Darrun Hilliard (Pistons). After acquiring these additional pieces, they traded them to the Clippers to make the deal work financially.
At age 32, Paul is owed over $24 million in his final year and is now eligible to sign a five year max contract extension with the Rockets. The dynamic point guard will be joining All-Star James Harden in the back court for the Rockets as they look to contend with the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference.
Dekker and company will be joining a franchise in flux, either on their way to a rebuild or on their last breath of contention.
The Clippers now have former Dominican High School star Diamond Stone, former Marquette player Doc Rivers as head coach/general manager, and Dekker.