The Houston Rockets are reportedly set to enter the NBA’s superteam race.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Clippers will trade Chris Paul in a sign-and-trade to the Rockets to form an All-Star backcourt with James Harden.
In return, the Rockets would send Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams, and a 2018 first-round pick to the Clippers.
According to reports, Chris Paul is opting into his contract option and forgoing free agency for a year. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the trade would cost Paul money in the short term. However, according to the NBA writer Nate Duncan, Paul would have Bird rights with the Rockets next summer and could sign a full five-year max deal.
Paul's Bird rights go with him in the trade. Could be eligible to re-sign with the Rockets in the summer of 2018 for 5-years, about $205 mm
— Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) June 28, 2017
According to Wojnarowski, Paul and Harden “were determined to play together,” and the two teams found a way to make that happen.
Now the Rockets seem poised to give the Golden State Warriors a run for their money in the Western Conference.