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Doc Rivers: Chris Paul Left ‘to Be with James Harden’

He’d reportedly been planning on declining the player option on his L.A. contract and was set on teaming up with James Harden in Houston.Doc Rivers says Chris Paul’s departure from the Los Angeles Clippers does not make the Houston Rockets’ new point guard “a villain”.The Rockets acquired Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, a protected first-round pick next year and cash considerations.The Clippers lose Chris Paul, who is arguably one of the best natural point guards in the National Basketball Association, but they gain overall team depth. Meanwhile, the Clippers could be headed to full on blow it up mode and the odds reflect that.If this deal goes through and everything develops properly, the Rockets will have a powerful team.Of course, Paul isn’t the only one on the outs.Certainly, the loss of Paul hurts.Still, set that aside and there may be something to learn from what the Rockets gave up for Paul if you are a team trying to land George from Indiana. Earlier, it was reported that Blake Griffin would meet with the Suns on Saturday, July 1 when free agency begins. Coached by Mike D’Antoni, Houston has a very fast-paced offense, but media pundits are wondering how this pairing will work since both Harden and Paul are accustomed to running their respective offenses.”Chris Paul and James Harden. wow! He was on that team that didn’t win”. Oram added that Griffin remains the Clippers’ “top priority”. You definitely can’t turn down a trade your team wants just to keep your son around, though it’s unclear if that’s actually what happened, or just Paul’s perception. He averaged 14.9 points and three rebounds in 23 games for Houston. Harden in particular was moved to point guard this past season, which resulted in the best season of his career to date.