By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, Chris Paul decided to leave the team because he wanted to play with James Harden. However, there are other reports that say there was friction between the team and Rivers, because his son is on the team.
The Clippers will acquire seven players and a 2018 first-round pick in exchange for Paul. Harden and Paul have reportedly been meeting in Los Angeles — and on Tuesday word began to leak out that the Rockets would be a serious contender for Paul.
“I hate the way it ended,” Rivers said. “I wish we could have ended it better, as far as winning. But as a franchise, we love where we’re at.”
Paul leaves the Clippers as they may also lose Blake Griffin in free agency. If they do lose him, they may decide to trade DeAndre Jordan, which will spark a head-on rebuilding project.
There were many highs-and-lows with the Clippers during the Paul, Griffin and Jordan era. However, when it came to the playoffs, Paul or Griffin was almost always injured.
The Clippers were eliminated in the playoffs this season by the Utah Jazz in the first-round.
In the proposed deal, the Clippers are receiving seven players, including Lou Williams, Patrick Beverly, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, along with three non-guaranteed contracted players, and a 2018 first-round pick. The draft pick is reportedly a top 3 protected pick.
“Under the circumstances, I thought we did terrific,” Rivers said. “Getting Patrick Beverly and Dekker and Montrezl was very important for us.”
The reality is Paul may lead the exist from La-La land for many players in the weeks to come.
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