Official: Paul off to Rockets for seven players

Chris Paul has officially been traded from the Clippers to the Rockets.

As has been reported throughout the day, Chris Paul opted in to his contract and was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets, the teams announced Wednesday.

Paul will team alongside James Harden in what is sure to be one of the NBA’s most dynamic backcourts, if not the best of the bunch.

In return for Paul, the Clippers received the following from the Rockets:

  • Guard Lou Williams
  • Guard Patrick Beverley
  • Forward Sam Dekker
  • Forward Montrezl Harrell
  • Swingman DeAndre Liggins (obtained earlier in a trade with Dallas)
  • Guard Darrun Hilliard (obtained earlier in a trade with Detroit)
  • Forward Kyle Wiltjer
  • A Rockets’ 2018 first-round pick (top-three protected)
  • And $661K in cash (the amount Paul reduced his trade bonus to, per The Vertical)

Rockets owner Les Alexander said in a prepared statement:

“Since winning back-to-back championships, the pursuit of a third title has remained the ultimate goal for our franchise. 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.”

Paul and Clippers coach Doc Rivers may have had a falling out, perhaps playing a role in the split.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin is also a free agent (full report), as is shooting guard J.J. Redick (full report.)