Rockets acquire Chris Paul from Clippers in 8-player trade

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced Wednesday that the team has acquired guard 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.

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,” said Rockets owner Leslie Alexander.

Paul (6-0, 175) has racked up a multitude of honors across his 12 NBA seasons split between the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets and the Clippers.  A nine-time All-Star, Paul has also been named All-NBA First Team four times, Second Team three times and Third Team once.

In addition, Paul has been named NBA All-Defensive First Team seven times and Second Team twice and helped Team USA capture a gold medal in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

For his career, Paul has started all 834 of his games played, while averaging 18.7 points, 9.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.29 steals while shooting 47.3% from the floor, 37.0% from 3-point range, and 86.6% from the line with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.08.

Earlier today the Rockets completed five separate trades with Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Portland:

  • 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.