Rockets to acquire Chris Paul from Clippers

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Paul had a strong desire to play with Rockets All-Star guard James Harden, which led to the Clippers working out a trade with Houston, league sources said.

The deal was first reported by The Vertical. On Tuesday evening, he told the team he planned to leave in free agency if he declined his option.

He then agreed to opt-in on his contract for next season that will pay him $24.2 million next season, clearing the way for the Clippers to ship Paul to the Rockets.

The Rockets ranked fifth in the National Basketball Association and fourth in the Western conference in numberFire's nERD power rankings last season.

After next season, Paul will be eligible for a five-year deal worth an estimated $205 million from the Rockets. Even if Blake Griffin, who chose to opt out of his contract, stays with the team, the Clippers won't be as good without Chris Paul. The Rockets' odds improved from 30-1 to 15-1 at the Westgate SuperBook, while the Clippers' odds fell from 40-1 to 100-1. J.J. Redick will also be a free agent, and DeAndre Jordan's name has been mentioned in trade rumors.

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Beverley tweeted that he was excited to be joining the Clippers. Anderson also was one of six players last season - and the only one taller than 6 feet 9, to hit more than 40 percent of their three-point shots while taking at least seven three-point attempts per game.

Williams was acquired by the Rockets from the Lakers right before the 2017 NBA Trade Deadline.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, meanwhile, tweeted congratulations to Paul, their Team USA teammate. After opting into his contract with the Clippers, the trade was as good as done.

On Monday Patrick Beverley was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team, and on Wednesday he's headed to Los Angeles.

It's not quite as dramatic as Kevin Durant jilting Oklahoma City for the Warriors, but Paul is leaving the Clippers to team up with a former foe, Harden, who on Monday became the runner-up for the Most Valuable Player award for the second time in three years. The Paul era in L.A. will be remembered for a bunch of regular-season wins, fewer alley-oops than expected and a succession of playoff disappointments.

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