The Los Angeles Clippers have some big off-season plans. They involve parting ways with one of their star players. Chris Paul might be packing his bags soon. There is a strong chance that he will not be taking the court for the Clippers next season.
He might not even get to wear their uniform again. According to Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Clippers have completed a deal that will send their All-Star point guard to the Houston Rockets.
Paul was entering the final year of his $24 million contract with the Clippers. He opted out of the final year allowing him to be traded to another team. It appears that the 32-year-old will be playing for Houston in his 17-18 campaign.
The Clippers might be crossing their fingers that trading Paul off can help bring them in some new assets. In exchange for giving up their veteran player, the Clippers will be receiving a few in return. Their Paul trade will be no lopsided deal.
The Rockets will send the Clippers guards Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley, forwards Montrezl Harrell and Sam Dekker, and the non-guaranteed deals of Kyle Wiltjer, Darrun Hilliard, and DeAndre Liggins. In addition to that the Clippers will be receiving $661,000 in cash.
It might be clear to see the motive behind the Clippers’ decision to give up Paul. They are receiving at least four players in return. Los Angeles did not exactly receive a few million in return for Paul, but they did get a few players that could be key for them next season.
The deal might even work out well for Paul. He has the potential to receive a big pay-day. Paul will now be eligible to sign a five-year, $205 million maximum extension with the Rockets. He might make a great fit on the Rockets roster. He has a strong desire to play alongside Rockets star James Harden. Now it looks like he will get the opportunity to do so.
If the Clippers decide not to use their new assets on the court, they have other options. Their new assets could have high trade value to the correct team. That could be a crucial thing for the Clippers if they want to possibly trade for a younger talent.
Los Angeles is coming off a solid season. They were not a last place team, ending their season as the fourth place team of the West, with a winning 51-31 record. They even were playoff contenders.
After winning their final seven regular season games, the Clippers met their maker in Round 1 of the postseason. The Utah Jazz forced them into seven games. Los Angeles was eliminated 104-91 in Game 7.
Will the Los Angeles Clippers use their new players for a future trade? Will Los Angeles rebound with another winning season? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod