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Chris Paul | Guard | #3

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/6/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 175
College: Wake Forest
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (4) / NO
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Chris Paul has signed a four-year, $160 million deal to remain with the Rockets.
This was expected, just making things official on putting ink to paper. Paul will be with the team through the 2021-2022 season and will be 37 years old when the contract expires. No telling what will happen at that point. Jul 8 - 12:02 PM

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Chris Paul will sign a four-year, $160 million contract to remain with the Rockets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Houston takes a big gamble to keep CP3 in the backcourt alongside James Harden, betting that the 33-year-old can produce at an elite level through 2021-22. Given how seamlessly he fit alongside Harden in his first season as a Rocket, it makes sense that both sides wanted to try again to unseat the Warriors -- CP3 wrote on Twitter shortly after midnight, "UNFINISHED BUSINESS...RUN IT BACK."
Jul 1 - 12:02 AM

There is tension between Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets, according to NBA reporter Chris Broussard.

Paul opted into the final year of his contract last July to facilitate his trade to Houston. In the process, he sacrificed approximately $10 million. He reportedly believed the Rockets would pay him the max this summer. Broussard says that may not happen. "There was definitely some type of handshake, wink wink, 'we’re going to max you out' last summer. But here’s the thing: Now, they’re not so sure. Houston, with good reason, doesn’t want to do that. But they’ve got an out, because they have new ownership. So, Daryl Morey can go to Chris Paul and be like, 'I want to do it, but we’ve got the new owner doesn’t want to give you five years, four years.'"
Jun 23 - 10:19 AM

The Rockets will likely need to offer Chris Paul a max contract if they want to re-sign him, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Woj, speaking on his podcast, said: "When the Rockets made that deal for Chris Paul, knowing they would re-sign him, they made a conscious decision that they were gonna have to live with [paying him] $46, $47 million a year salary when he’s not nearly the player anymore in his late 30's." Wojnarowski added that CP3 "didn’t turn down $200 million from the Clippers because he thought that somehow the Rockets were gonna talk him into saving them luxury tax money. I don’t imagine it playing out that way."
Jun 5 - 11:14 AM

Rockets GM Daryl Morey said Chris Paul will be definitely be back in Houston next season.

"He took it the hardest [the loss to Golden State], I thought, because he knew if he hadn't had the unfortunate injury, he's dragging us the last [way to the Finals]," Morey added. Paul has already begun to recruit LeBron James, and you have to wonder if CP3 will consider playing on a discount so the Rockets can re-sign Clint Capela as well. Now 33, Paul probably still has a few elite years left.
May 31 - 10:50 AM

Chris Paul "has already begun his recruitment" of LeBron James to the Rockets, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

The Banana Boat crew could be getting back together, but obviously we have a long way to go here. Earlier in 2018, the Rockets were the Vegas favorite to land LeBron, but their odds have dropped to third behind Cleveland and the 76ers. As for Paul, he'll be recovering from his hamstring strain and should be 100 percent for camp next year. He, James Harden and general manager Daryl Morey are expected to talk a lot this summer.
Source: NY Times
May 30 - 5:46 PM

Chris Paul is dealing with a Grade 2 hamstring strain according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

In case you missed it, Paul was ruled out for Game 7 about an hour before this report. For what it's worth, James Harden had a Grade 2 hamstring strain earlier this year and ended up missing three weeks of action. If Houston advances to the NBA Finals, this means CP3's status will be completely up in the air.
May 28 - 8:16 PM

Chris Paul (hamstring) has been officially ruled out for Game 7.

The chances of CP3 playing were slim, but it's still a buzzkill with both teams entering Game 7 at less than full strength. James Harden will have a massive workload and will have to fend off fatigue all night, while Eric Gordon will have some increased playmaking responsibilities and has been incredible for the Rockets in this series.
May 28 - 7:20 PM

Chris Paul (hamstring) is questionable to play in Game 7 on Monday.

"He looks questionable," said D'Antoni when asked about Paul's status for Game 7. "I'm sure the team doctors will check him out tomorrow. We might not know until afternoon. We'll play it by ear." It sounds like CP3 could be headed for a game-time call, but the odds of him being able to get out there aren't great. If Paul is forced to watch Game 7 from the sidelines, Eric Gordon will stick with the starters and there will be more minutes for Gerald Green.
May 27 - 6:39 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com, the chances of Chris Paul (hamstring) playing in Game 7 on Monday are "less likely than likely, but working every angle to try."

You don't hear that verbiage on an injury too often, but it still seems like he's closer to doubtful than anything else. Without Paul, even at home, the Rockets will have an uphill battle ahead of them to make it to their first NBA Finals since 1995. We'll know more after he's re-evaluated once the team returns to Houston.
May 27 - 12:37 AM

Chris Paul (hamstring) said he's "hopeful to return to the court this postseason," according to TNT's Kristen Ledlow.

He's out tonight and he is going to be re-evaluated once the team is back in Houston while getting daily treatment. The Rockets did rule Paul out early on Friday, and there really hasn't been much optimism of him suiting up for a potential Game 7 on Monday. With him out today, Eric Gordon starts while Gerald Green and Luc Mbah a Moute handle the vast majority of the bench minutes.
May 26 - 8:15 PM

Chris Paul will not play in Game 6 on Saturday against Golden State due to a right hamstring strain.

CP3 tweaked his right hamstring late in the fourth quarter of Game 5 on Thursday. He'll be re-evaluated again once the team returns to Houston, but this is not the news that the Rockets wanted to hear. Eric Gordon will have to step up on the offensive end in a major way, which he's shown he can do. This season when Paul and James Harden were sitting, Gordon averaged 34.6 points and 6.5 assists per 40 minutes. He played 36 minutes in Game 5, his most of this postseason. Expect somewhere around there again in Game 6.
May 25 - 12:25 PM

After Game 5 on Thursday Chris Paul (right hamstring) said, "I will be all right."

When asked about Game 6 he said, "Oh yeah." CP3 was hopping in a Maybach outside of the Toyota Center after the game and appears to be confident in his status for Game 6, which would be series changing news for the Rockets if he’s able to play. Paul is optimistic, but he'll still need to be re-evaluated and we can expect some form of update by Friday afternoon.
May 25 - 9:33 AM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said he's "worried" about Chris Paul (right hamstring) playing in Game 6 on Saturday.

"He'll be evaluated tomorrow," D'Antoni said. If there is good news on this, it's that it's not a left hammy issue because that is the leg that gave him problems during this season. Based on how distraught CP3 looked as he went to the locker room after the game, it would almost be a shock to see him out there for Game 6, and maybe he can play in Game 7. Eric Gordon and James Harden will both have to play lights out.
May 25 - 12:20 AM

Chris Paul hurt his hamstring late in the fourth quarter on Thursday and did not return.

This is not good. Paul was grabbing his right hammy after he fell down, but he had a wrap over his left hammy on the bench. His left hamstring was the bad one this season and CP3 looked upset on the bench, so this is troubling news and could keep him out. Worst yet, CP3 saved the day with a strong second half, finishing with 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and four 3-pointers. Expect several updates in the next day.
May 24 - 11:31 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Chris Paul
2Michael Carter-Williams
SG1James Harden
2Eric Gordon
3De'Anthony Melton
SF1James Ennis
2Gerald Green
3Vince Edwards
PF1Carmelo Anthony
2P.J. Tucker
3Ryan Anderson
C1Clint Capela
2Nene Hilario
3Isaiah Hartenstein
4Zhou Qi