Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

Houston Rockets, Chris Paul agree to four-year, $160M max deal

Houston Rockets, Chris Paul agree to four-year, $160M max deal

But Paul got hurt at the end of Game 5 at the Western Conference Finals.

Looking forward, Paul will continue to provide tenacious on-ball defense and playmaking starting at point guard for the Rockets.

Paul, a nine-time All-Star, and MVP James Harden elevated the Rockets to the best record in the National Basketball Association (65-17) this season before losing a seven-game series to Golden State in the conference finals. Although he stayed mum on his decision up 'til the very last minute, league sources seem convinced a departure was never in his plans.

The Rockets acquired Paul via trade with the Los Angeles Clippers last season. His productivity reached another level in the postseason where he averaged 21.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 5.8 assists.

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Paul will enter his 14th season in the National Basketball Association after being drafted No. 4 overall by the Hornets in 2005. In his career, Paul is averaging 18.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 9.8 assists in 892 games.

Clint Capela is a restricted free agent, meaning the Rockets can still retain him by simply matching any offer the big man would fetch in the market.

Aside from Paul, the Rockets also kept key swingman Gerald Green via a one-year deal worth $2.4 million. The question remains, whether Rocket's front office can convince center Clint Capela to take a hometown discount.

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