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Chris Paul | Guard | #3

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/6/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 175
College: Wake Forest
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (4) / NO
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Chris Paul described how he came to the decision to leave the Clippers during a recent interview.
"I feel like the last six years we’ve had a great run. I felt like it was not only a good time for change for me, but for the team, too," said Paul. "Everyone says, ‘We get killed. We can’t get there. We just can’t get over the hurdle.’ I felt like it was time for change." Paul is hoping that with a change of scenery he'll finally be able to advance deep into the playoffs, and teaming up with the runner-up to the MVP award should definitely help him accomplish that goal. Jul 12 - 11:30 AM

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Houston Rockets acquired G Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for G Patrick Beverley, G Lou Williams, F Sam Dekker, F/C Montrezl Harrell, G DeAndre Liggins, G Darrun HIlliard, F Kyle Wiltjer, a 2018 top-3 protected first-round pick and cash.

Paul reportedly informed that Clippers that he was going to sign with the Rockets as a free agent, which forced the Clippers to execute this deal rather than lose him for nothing. CP3's value should hold steady playing in Houston's uptempo offense, while James Harden should spend a bit more time playing off the ball, meaning Harden's assist numbers could take a slight hit although his scoring could increase. Paul is opting into the final year of his contract, so he'll hit free agency again in 2018.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 28 - 11:48 AM

James Harden has reportedly been prodding Houston management to make a strong push for signing Chris Paul as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Harden has also reached out to CP3 directly, and Houston has reportedly emerged as an "increasingly serious threat" to lure Paul away from Los Angeles during free agency. In order for the Rockets to create the cap space necessary to bring in CP3, they'll need to part ways with guys like Patrick Beverley, Ryan Anderson and Lou Williams. The Spurs are another team that will be contending for Paul's services, and should CP3 opt to leave the Clippers, he'd be leaving roughly $50 million on the table.
Source: ESPN
Jun 28 - 11:09 AM

Chris Paul and his agent reportedly met with the Clippers brass on Tuesday to discuss his future with the organization.

CP3 will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and while the Clippers will be able to offer him the most money during free agency, a team like the Spurs or the Rockets could grant him a competitive offer and also the chance to go further than the first round of the postseason. At 32 years old, this summer will essentially be Paul's final opportunity flirt with a long-term, max contract as a free agent, but he may be willing to sign a shorter-term deal at slightly less than the max if he believes another team would give him a better chance at competing for a championship.
Jun 27 - 5:01 PM

According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, the Rockets have a "serious chance of luring Chris Paul away" from the Clippers.

With Stephen Curry fully expected to re-sign in Golden State, Paul will be the top free agent PG on the market and will have several suitors this summer. Paul and James Harden are both ball-dominant players, so the Rockets probably aren't the best fit on paper. At least now we know why the Rockets are shopping both Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams. In addition to the Rockets, the Spurs and Nuggets are the most common teams linked to Paul, but the Clippers are still the favorites to re-sign CP3 since they can offer him a "supermax" deal for over $200 million.
Jun 25 - 9:21 AM

Chris Paul has informed the Clippers he is declining his option to become an unrestricted free agent, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

This has been expected for a long time as CP3 looks to get another long-term deal. Of course, there are the rumors of Paul looking to join the Spurs while there has also been some talk of him looking at the Rockets or Nuggets. Paul is past his prime at age 32, but his style of play should translate much longer than other point guards who rely so much on athleticism.
Jun 23 - 6:23 PM

Chris Paul has plans to talk with the Rockets and Nuggets, according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

Most of the buzz around CP3 has been with the Spurs, but it's possible CP3 could wind up somewhere else, too. There's no doubt Paul dislikes how his teams are always out of the playoffs early in the postseason, so he could consider taking a pay cut. He does have his deal with Jordan and State Farm, so that may help.
Jun 16 - 3:47 PM

Chris Paul intends to give the Spurs "serious consideration" in free agency this summer, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

This rumor has been bandied about quite a bit since the Clippers season ended, but this is the most credible report yet. While CP3 joining the Spurs makes a lot of sense from a basketball perspective, several roadblocks make this marriage unlikely. First, Paul would have to sacrifice more than $50 million in guaranteed salary. Secondly, the Spurs would have to gut their roster in order to clear the cap space necessary to make Paul a competitive offer.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 2 - 12:25 PM

The Clippers are the "overwhelming favorites to re-sign Chris Paul," according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

In case it's not obvious, the Chris Paul rumors are dominating the headlines this summer. There is some mutual interest between Paul and the Spurs, but just like Wojnarowski reported on Sunday, San Antonio would have a very difficult time making a competitive offer given their current cap situation. For now, it's hard to imagine Paul turning down a five-year offer from the Clippers that could be for $205 million.
Source: CBS Sports
May 29 - 10:41 AM

Adrian Wojnarowski is not expecting Chris Paul to sign with the Spurs as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"[San Antonio] would have to just tear up that entire payroll," said Woj. "It's almost unlike anything the Spurs would've done or would do to even have a chance at him. I mean, they'd have to really gut the roster. And to do that for a 30-plus-year-old point guard, who has a couple great years left, there's no question -- I think there's more pressure on the Clippers to have to re-sign him than for the Spurs to turn their whole franchise over to make a run at him." CP3 would also have to give up a ton amount of money to join the Spurs, making this scenario an unlikely one.
May 28 - 6:22 PM

The Spurs are "exploring the feasibility" of making a free-agent run at Chris Paul, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

It's not going to be easy for the Spurs to keep Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge as two of their big three. If they do make a run at CP3, it likely means they'll have a really tough time bringing back Jonathon Simmons and some of their other veterans. The Clippers are still considered as the heavy favorite to bring CP3 back, but this will be a story to watch.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 10:28 PM

The Clippers take the threat of the Spurs pursuit of Chris Paul "very seriously," according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

It is important to note that the Spurs won't have the requisite cap space to make Paul a comparable offer unless they can clear some salaries off the books. Also, assuming the Clippers are willing to offer him a max contract, it's hard to imagine CP3 leaving $200 million in guaranteed money on the table. Nonetheless, Paul joining the Spurs would make San Antonio a legit threat to the Warriors out West, and give CP3 his best chance at experiencing postseason success.
May 26 - 12:21 PM

Zach Lowe of ESPN stated during a recent podcast that he believes the Spurs could be a legitimate option for Chris Paul as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"There's been a lot of rumblings about Paul, and I think that's real," Lowe said of CP3 potentially joining the Spurs as a free agent. "I think there's mutual interest there. I don't know how real it is given the Clippers can offer a gigantic amount of money and are also a really good team; and the Spurs, like I said, have no sort of cap flexibility to get there. I'm very curious about what they do this summer and who's on the team next year." If Paul wants to chase a ring, his best shot of realizing that goal may be in San Antonio, but he'd have to take a pay cut to make it work.
Source: ESPN
May 24 - 10:19 AM

According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Clippers are hoping to re-sign Chris Paul to a maximum deal.

CP3 is fully expected to decline his $24.2 million player option for 2017-18 in order to test free agency. He has plenty of incentive to remain in Los Angeles, as he could get a five-year deal worth about $205 million with the Clippers compared to a four-year deal worth about $152 million for any other team. Chris Paul will turn 32 this month, but he averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 dimes, 5.0 boards, 2.0 triples, 1.9 steals and 2.4 turnovers this season and returned top-10 value in standard fantasy leagues.
May 1 - 11:46 AM

Chris Paul was held to just 13 points on 6-of-19 shooting during Sunday's Game 7 loss, adding four boards, one 3-pointer, nine assists and three turnovers in 40 minutes.

Paul did everything he possibly could to try and give his Clippers a Game 7 win, but ultimately, it was not enough. CP3 did see a minor dip in his numbers during his age-31 season with averages of 18.1 points, 9.2 dimes, 5.0 boards, 2.0 triples, 1.9 steals and 2.4 turnovers per game on 47.6 percent shooting, but that was still good enough for top-10 value in standard 9-cat leagues. He'll likely opt out of his contract this summer, and after another first-round exit, it'll be interesting to see if he stays committed to remaining in Los Angeles.
Apr 30 - 6:27 PM