Rockets Officially Announce Chris Paul Trade, Send 7 Players To Clippers
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Clippers agreed to trade star PG Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, and a 2018 top-three protected first-round pick.
As the day progressed, more and more players continued to go from Houston to Los Angeles. After agreeing in principle to the deal, Rockets GM Daryl Morey began sending out cash to other teams for non-guaranteed, minimum-contract players for salary cap matching purposes.
When it was all said and done, Houston sent seven players—guards Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Darrun Hilliard, and DeAndre Liggins, and forwards Montrezl Harrell, Sam Dekker, and Kyle Wiltjer—along with a 2018 first-round draft pick to the Clippers in exchange for Paul. Hilliard and Liggins were acquired by the Rockets on Wednesday before being shipped to the Clippers.
“Since winning back-to-back championships, the pursuit of a third title has remained the ultimate goal for our franchise,” Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement. “We feel that combining two of the league’s greatest players in James Harden and Chris Paul, operating in coach (Mike) 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.”
According to reports, the Rockets are not finish as they look to add one more star in either Paul George or Carmelo Anthony.