Doc Rivers: Chris Paul depart ‘big loss,’ happy with Clippers’ ‘assets’

Chris Paul is streamer to Houston to join James Harden, and a Rockets will have dual All-Stars in a backcourt to lead their follow for a championship after a blockbuster trade with a LA Clippers on Wednesday.


“Any day we can acquire a Hall of Fame-level actor is a good day for a franchise,” Rockets ubiquitous manager Daryl Morey said. “… It’s a weapons competition in a NBA, and you’re possibly in a weapons competition or on a sidelines. We felt with Harden in his prime, Chris Paul in his prime, this gives us a genuine shot to follow a juggernaut teams that are out there and puts us right there with them.”

The Rockets will send Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hilliard, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Wiltjer, a top-three stable 2018 first-round collect and $661,000 to a Clippers in sell for Paul, who pronounced on Twitter that he was going by an “unbelievable volume of emotions right now.”

The Clippers had not nonetheless committed to give Paul a full five-year max agreement of $201 million, fasten sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. There was still clever inner discuss on either a group should compensate $45 million in a final year of a deal, in that Paul would have been age 37.

Sources also told Shelburne that with Paul in a fold, Houston now will try to acquire All-Star Paul George from a Indiana Pacers.

“Since winning back-to-back championships, a office of a third pretension has remained a ultimate idea for a franchise,” Rockets owners Leslie Alexander pronounced in a statement. “We feel that mixing dual of a league’s biggest players in James Harden and Chris Paul, doing in Coach [Mike] D’Antoni’s system, gives us a championship-caliber group that will contest during a tip turn for years to come.”

The Clippers were dynamic to get something for Paul, rather than remove him for nothing, sources told ESPN, so a indicate guard, who wanted to play with Harden, instead concluded to opt in for a final year of his agreement (worth $24.2 million) to promote a trade.

“Without Harden, nothing of this happens,” Morey said. “He’s a reason everybody wants to be in Houston. … We have a dual best playmakers in a league.”

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  • Sources told ESPN’s Michael Eaves that a attribute between Paul and Doc Rivers, a Clippers manager and boss of basketball operations, had run-down fast given a Clippers acquired Austin Rivers — Doc’s son — during a 2015-16 season.

    Rivers, vocalization with a Los Angeles Times, called Paul’s depart “a large loss” and that he was grateful for Paul’s time with a Clippers.

    “He left given he wanted to be with James Harden,” Rivers said. “Let’s not get that twisted. we wish him well. we have no problem with that. Do we disagree? Yeah, we consider he would have been softened served here. But that’s not for me. That’s [for] CP to decide, and he motionless opposite that.”

    But Rivers pronounced a Clippers did superb underneath a resources and now “have assets.”

    “We’ve listened all a stories about Blake [Griffin] and DJ [DeAndre Jordan] and Austin,” Rivers said. “I can’t criticism only on Austin, given it’s only not right. We’ve listened he left given of all 3 today. He left given of DJ, he left given of Blake and now he left given of Austin. We know he didn’t leave given of that. There is a lot of conjecture on given he left. The one thing we know is he didn’t leave given of any of those 3 guys. He left given he felt like he would have a softened possibility to win somewhere else.”

    Paul met with a Clippers on Tuesday and didn’t like what he listened from a team, sources told ESPN. He sensitive them Tuesday night that he designed to leave in giveaway group if he declined his option.

    “At a finish of a day, [Paul] gave us 4 good years, and that’s all we can ask for,” Rivers told a Times. “I hatred a approach it ended. we wish we could have finished it better, as distant as winning. But as a franchise, we adore where we’re at.”

    The Rockets indispensable to make a finances work before a trade became official. Houston’s other moves enclosed appropriation Hilliard (from Detroit), Liggins (Dallas), Ryan Kelly (Atlanta), Shawn Long (Philadelphia) and Tim Quarterman (Portland) in sell for money considerations.

    Because he is being acquired in a trade, Paul is authorised for a five-year understanding value an estimated $205 million from a Rockets after a 2017-18 season. If a nine-time All-Star had opted out and sealed with a group other than a Clippers in giveaway agency, a many that group could have offering was a four-year understanding value only some-more than $152 million.

    “We wish Chris here as prolonged as possible,” Morey said.

    The San Antonio Spurs also had designed to aggressively pursue Paul if he had turn a giveaway agent, sources told ESPN.

    Wednesday’s trade had an evident outcome on both team’s contingency to win a pretension in Las Vegas. The Rockets’ contingency softened from 30-1 to 15-1 during a Westgate SuperBook, while a Clippers’ contingency fell from 40-1 to 100-1.

    “You can’t have too many indicate guards, can’t have too many intelligent guys, can’t have too many stars,” D’Antoni said. “… [Paul] is one of a best indicate guards to ever play a game. If we can’t figure it out, we are in a lot of trouble.”

    Sources told Eaves that Paul had turn unfortunate with Doc Rivers over a favoured diagnosis of his son over other players on a roster. Sources told Eaves that Doc Rivers would scream during players for certain things during games and practices though would not get on Austin Rivers in a same demeanour for identical transgressions.

    In addition, sources told Eaves that Paul mislaid both trust and faith in his manager after Doc Rivers eventually declined a trade final deteriorate that would have brought Carmelo Anthony and Sasha Vujacic to a Clippers in sell for Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce and Austin Rivers.

    Beverley tweeted that he was vehement to be fasten a Clippers. The 28-year-old indicate ensure perceived All-Defensive first-team honors final week, and he averaged 9.5 points, 4.2 assists and 5.9 rebounds per diversion this past season.

    Alexander extended his “deepest gratitude” to Beverley, “who, for a past 5 seasons, always left all he had out on a court.”

    Williams, a 2014-15 NBA Sixth Man of a Year, was traded to a Rockets from a Los Angeles Lakers in February. The 30-year-old maestro averaged 14.9 points and 3 rebounds in 23 games for Houston after a trade.

    Dekker, a 18th collect in a 2015 draft, missed all though 3 games as a rookie given of behind surgery. The tiny brazen was healthy this deteriorate and seemed in 77 games, averaging 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds.

    Harrell, a second-round collect in 2015, averaged 6.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in dual seasons in Houston.

    Wiltjer spent many of his rookie year this past deteriorate in a D-league after going undrafted out of Gonzaga.

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, meanwhile, tweeted congratulations to Paul, their Team USA teammate.

    Paul, 32, has achieved impressively given a Clippers acquired him in a 2011 trade with New Orleans.

    Since a deal, he has done a All-NBA initial group 3 times, a All-NBA second group dual times and a All-Defensive initial group 6 times. He averaged 18.7 points, 9.8 assists and 2.4 steals over his 6 seasons in Los Angeles.

    But a Clippers’ accountability during that camber has been playoff success. Despite carrying stars such as Paul, Griffin and Jordan, as good as a further in 2013 of Doc Rivers as coach, Los Angeles hasn’t done it out of a second turn in a past 6 seasons and has mislaid in a initial turn in any of a past dual campaigns.

    Griffin sensitive a Clippers final week that he is opting out of a final year of his agreement to try giveaway agency. JJ Redick also is a giveaway agent.

    The Clippers are now focused on maintaining Griffin, sources told Shelburne. They’ll have an advantage given they can offer a fifth year, while other teams can’t offer some-more than 4 years.

    Paul was ranked No. 3 on a list of tip accessible giveaway agents this offseason gathered by ESPN’s Kevin Pelton.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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