Holy shit. I fucking love the NBA off season. Chris Paul is being sent to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Patrick Beverley (who I love, by the way), Sweet Lou Williams and Sam Dekker I Hardly Know Her as well as a first round pick in 2018. Not too shabby.
Now as far as the on court shit goes, CP3 heading to Houston to team up with The Beard is pretty scary. I mean yes, there’s only one ball, but I am of the belief that Chris Paul makes teams better. Harden obviously had an unbelievable season last year and now with CP3 there to take some pressure off Harden facilitating could be fucking awesome.
Now, does this make the Rockets a serious contender in the West? Some people thought the Rockets were contenders this year, but come on. The Warriors were juggernauts and the Spurs were also probably better than the Rockets too. This move though? It definitely moves the needle. The other really important thing it does is take away the possibility of Paul going to San Antonio. If he went to the Spurs then I think it’d be fair to say the Spurs could contend with Golden State.
The Rockets probably need another piece in the form of a swing 4 that can score. So while I personally really like the move by Houston because I do think that Harden and Paul will play well together (of course after a rocky start and the talking heads saying it won’t work), part of me thinks that this just makes the second tier of the Wests more competitive while not really making anybody a true contender to overtake Golden State.
But at the same time, like I said before maybe this takes the pressure of running point AND scoring off of Harden. Additionally, Chris Paul is now playing next to an elite scorer for the first time in his career. It could be good guys. It could be fun to watch. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Rockets make a push to sign Iguodala or even, dare I say, a trade for Paul George (they’d probably have to get a third team involved in that)?
Now was the cost to get Chris Paul too steep? Three role players and a first round pick? I guess time will tell, but I kind of think it was. Maybe two players and a pick or just the three players would have sufficed, but who the hell knows. Paul has been injury prone in his career so it seems like a bit much to give up.
I don’t know. All I do know is that this is going to be interesting and fun to watch.