On Wednesday, the Houston Rockets acquired Chris Paul from the Clippers in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, DeAndre Liggins, Tim Quarterman and a first round pick in 2018.
This takes overall possession of the ball out of James Harden again, but it pushes the movement I told teams to work towards after the NBA Finals, to go and build there own super teams. Harden and Paul could work very well together, but we know all too well that Harden doesn’t share too well. I’m also very interested to see how well Paul and Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni mesh. It could be a Steve Nash situation, but it could easily go completely wrong like it did with Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant. If Houston can get a few more pieces, like J.J. Reddick, Anthony or Paul George, this team could compete with Golden State.
For the Clippers, this summer now has two different paths. Bring back Blake Griffin, or tank. But not even Griffin could keep this squad where they have been.
My favorite part of all of this: Doc Rivers left Boston for L.A. because he didn’t want to be apart of a rebuild. This summer could very well go that way. On the other hand, the Boston Celtics have been to a conference finals, which the Clippers have not done.