Chris Paul to the Rockets Just Happened
The switch has been flipped and the hot stove is ON
Apparently, Chris Paul and James Harden were just determined to play together. So, here we are. Paul opted into the last year of his contract and the Clippers dealt him to Houston. Los Angeles will receive Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams and a 2018 top-3 protected 1st round pick from the Rockets.
First things first, of course — Daryl Morey just had to put a protection on that pick.
Anyways, this trade is big for a number of reasons. Over the course of the next couple of days, you’ll probably see a number of NBA pundits using the following term.
There’s only one ball.
And yeah, it’s true. There is one ball. And James Harden and Chris Paul both like to have the ball in their hands. So, what now? I think this won’t be as much of a problem as it’s been made out to be. Harden and Paul are exceptionally smart basketball players who want to play together. They’ll figure it out. So will Mike D’Antoni.
I also don’t think they’re done. I’m sure Daryl Morey will try and swing something for Paul George — they still have an offer they can put together. Then, vets will want to come play for them and we’ll have a really fun Western Conference Finals. I hope.
What I admire most here is Morey’s willingness to risk it. I don’t know if what he’s putting together can beat the Warriors but he wants to do it. And he wants to do it now. So, why not give it a shot? (Actually, I can think of reasons not to, but that was such a good end to my article that I’ll leave it here).