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Breaking: The Clippers are trading Chris Paul to the Rockets for Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams. (via The Vertical) pic.twitter.com/XPkS4wEj0M
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What’s better than having one ball dominant guard on your team? TWO ball dominant guards on your team! I get this move for the Rockets. When you have the opportunity to get Chris Paul right now, you do what you have to do to get him. This makes the Rockets a legitimate Western Conference contender outside of the Warriors, that pretty good team that plays in Oakland.
Trading away Beverley is not something I’m a fan of. He’s a very scrappy defender who consistently gets in opposing players heads and is a legitimate game changer in that aspect. Again though, if you can get Chris Paul then giving up Bev is something you have to do. And Paul isn’t a bad defender either as he was just named to First Team All NBA Defensive team.
This doesn’t make the Rockets a super team. This makes them a very good, even great, NBA team. Pairing Paul with Harden allows CP3 to conserve energy on offense and potentially focus more of his efforts on the defensive end. He’s also a bigger offensive threat than Beverley.
Trading for Chris Paul is a big step in the right direction. With this summer gearing up to be one for the ages in the sense of stockpiling stars and superstars in pursuit of the Warriors, the Rockets are well on their way. The news that a potential Knicks buyout of Carmelo Anthony could pave the way for him to join Harden and Paul in Houston and, with a change of scenery from New York, could lead the Rockets to push the Warriors to a fifth game.