Blockbuster: Rockets Trade for All-Star Chris Paul

In a blockbuster deal, the title-hungry Houston Rockets are acquiring Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers.

To get the All-Star point guard, the Rockets are sending Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverly, Lou Williams and a first-round pick in the 2018 NBA draft to Los Angeles.

Paul, 32, had a player option on the final year of his contract and agreed to an opt-in with the Clippers – which cleared the way for the trade to Houston.

Last season, Paul averaged 18.1 points for the game for the Clippers -- his career average is 18.7 -- and led the league in three-point shot percentage at .411.

Paul is a nine-time NBA All-Star who was Rookie of the Year after a standout college career at Wake Forest.

He has led the NBA in assists four times and steals six times.

 Paul has been the National Basketball Players Association president since 2013.

Dekker tweeted of the trade: “Houston, thanks for welcoming me with open arms. I gave my all every time I was on the court. Time to get to work for LA!”

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