NBA PLAYER NEWS
Rockets' Montrezl Harrell included in Chris Paul deal
Houston Rockets forward/center Montrezl Harrell is being sent to the Los Angeles Clippers as part of the trade package sending Chris Paul to Houston, per the LA Times' Brad Turner.
Originally, the deal was said to involve Houston's Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Pat Beverley and a 2018 first-rounder, but it looks like the Clippers are getting even more in return for CP3. Harrell should be a nice compliment to DeAndre Jordan and possibly Blake Griffin down low.
In somewhat limited action, Harrell averaged 9.1 points per game with a nERD of 4.2 on the year. He ranked fourth on the Rockets, having out-performed Ryan Anderson and Nene Hilario, among others.
Clippers looking to re-sign Blake Griffin
The Los Angeles Clippers believe that moving Chris Paul has cleared the way for them to re-sign unrestricted free agent Blake Griffin, according to the LA Times' Brad Turner.
Many think that Chris Paul's departure will push Griffin out the door as well. Among many others, the Oklahoma City Thunder are rumored to have big interest in the veteran power forward. But the Clippers will now have more cap space with which to offer Griffin a max deal to stay and remain the team's franchise player.
Griffin's 7.3 nERD ranked third behind only Paul (12.8) and DeAndre Jordan (13.2) this season. He averaged 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists across 34.0 minutes a game.
J.J. Redick won't re-sign with Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers guard and unrestricted free agent J.J. Redick will not be re-signing with the Clippers this offseason, per ESPN's Brian Windhorst.
In an appearance on ESPN, Windhorst said that, after the Chris Paul trade, Redick will not be back with Los Angeles in 2017-18. He will be a target of the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets, among others, in free agency this summer.
In 4 seasons in L.A., Redick has averaged 15.8 points and 2.5 threes per game on a true shooting percentage of 61.5%.
Rockets still looking to add another All-Star
The Houston Rockets are still looking to add another All-Star piece to join James Harden and Chris Paul, per ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
Goodman didn't report any names, but with Paul George on the trade block and linked to the Rockets earlier in the off-season, he appears to be a likely target. Paul Millsap is also expected to opt-out and become an unrestricted free agent, and is another name to watch as Houston continues to shop aggressively.
The Rockets ranked fifth in the NBA and fourth in the Western conference in numberFire's nERD power rankings last season. Chris Paul also ranked 13th in the league with a 12.8 nERD, and adding either Millsap or George would bring them up to six players that ranked top-65 among 486 players.
Clippers trade Chris Paul to Rockets in shocker
The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to trade point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets.
The NBA offseason madness continues. In exchange for Paul, Houston will send Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams, and a 2018 first-round pick to the Clippers. CP3 apparently told the Clippers he was going to sign with the Rockets, so they wisely decided to get what they could for him, as opposed to losing the All-Star point guard for nothing. Paul's production should remain largely intact, while James Harden could see his assist numbers fall in exchange for more scoring.
Paul finished the 2016-17 season with 18.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 9.2 assists per game while posting a 12.8 nERD rating - the 13th best mark among the 486 NBA players last season.
Kevin Durant to wait on new deal
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will not sign a new contract until later in July, per ESPN's Marc Stein.
Durant has already said that he'll pass on his $27.7 million option and go into free agency with the intent to re-sign with the Warriors. But he is going to wait until the team completes most of its offseason business before re-signing. His intent is to allow Golden State enough space to re-sign veteran free agents Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
Durant's 17.6 nERD positioned him fourth among all players. He finished in a tie for 9th in this season's MVP voting.
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