BREAKING: Clippers Agree To Trade Chris Paul To Rockets

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to trade point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical:

Paul had previously told the Clippers that he planned to decline his player option for next season, which would have made him an unrestricted free agent. However, this trade involves him picking up that player option, meaning he will be a free agent after the 2017-18 season unless he signs an extension with the Rockets.

The Spurs were previously thought of as the favorite to steal Paul away from the Clippers in free agency, but his interest in the Rockets put Houston in front yesterday

Paul averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game last season.

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By giving up these assets to land Paul, Houston's pursuit of a trade for Paul George will likely come to an end. The Rockets will now look to free agency to add a third star to their team and are targeting Blake Griffin and Paul Millsap on the open market.

Paul's departure from Los Angeles also likely means that Griffin, an unrestricted free agent after opting out of his contract, will sign elsewhere. The Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics are all known to be interested.

Los Angeles has been looking into trading DeAndre Jordan, meaning that none of the Clippers' Big 3 could be on their roster next season as they start what appears to be a total rebuild.

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