The Houston Rockets have acquired Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for guard Patrick Beverley, forward Sam Dekker, forward Montrezl Harrell, guard Darrun Hilliard, guard DeAndre Liggins, guard Lou Williams, forward Kyle Wiltjer, a future first round pick, and cash considerations.
“Since winning back-to-back championships, the pursuit of a third title has remained the ultimate goal for our franchise,” said Rockets owner Leslie Alexander. “We feel that combining two of the league’s greatest players in James Harden and Chris Paul, operating in Coach D’Antoni’s system, gives us a championship caliber team that will compete at the highest level for years to come.”
“On behalf of the Rockets organization and our fans I’d also like to thank Sam, Montrezl, Kyle, and Lou for helping make this past season a special one. I’d also like to personally express my deepest gratitude to Pat Beverley, who, for the past five seasons, always left everything he had out on the court.”
The Rockets completed five separate trades with Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Portland before completing the Paul trade:
- Houston acquired forward Ryan Kelly from Atlanta in exchange for cash considerations.
- Houston acquired guard DeAndre Liggins from Dallas in exchange for cash considerations.
- Houston acquired guard Darrun Hilliard from Detroit in exchange for cash considerations.
- Houston acquired forward Shawn Long from Philadelphia in exchange for a future second round pick and cash considerations
- Houston acquired guard Tim Quarterman from Portland in exchange for cash considerations.