Adrian Wojnarowski: After Chris Paul agreed to opt-in on contract, Clippers are trading All-Star guard to the Houston Rockets, league sources tell @The Vertical
Mark Berman: NBA sources confirm #Rockets trade for Chris Paul. Clippers get Beverley, Dekker, Williams and 2018 first round pick.
The Houston Rockets have emerged as increasingly serious threats in the chase for soon-to-be free agent Chris Paul, according to league sources.
The Rockets still have work to do in terms of clearing sufficient salary-cap space to make a representative offer for Paul, but sources said that Houston star James Harden has been advocating hard in favor of the Paul pursuit and has made his interest in teaming with the LA Clippers' All-Star known directly to the point guard.
The Clippers, sources say, continue to worry that they won't be able to convince Paul to remain despite their considerable financial advantage over external suitors.
Ben Dubose: ESPN's @ChrisBHaynes is on @SportsCenter now. His top FA storyline? Chris Paul and the #Rockets. "Serious chance of luring Chris Paul away."
Paul also has plans to talk with the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets, one executive said. Griffin can sign a five-year deal worth $175 million with L.A., or sign a four-year deal worth $130 million with another team. The Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder are two teams that will make a bid for Griffin, according to several executives. “West knows he has a big task ahead of him with the Clippers,” one executive said. “But he feels as if Steve Ballmer is going to be one of the great owners in this league.”
April 13, 2021 | 6:30 pm EDT Update
Alex Schiffer: Final: Nets beat the Timberwolves 127-97. Kevin Durant drops 31 points in 27 minutes in one of the Nets’ best performances of the season. Joe Harris and Landry Shamet with a ton of 3s today. Now who plays tomorrow in Philly?
Kristian Winfield: Steve Nash said “in an ideal world” Kevin Durant would have played 30 minutes, but with the lead ballooning, they pulled him. Nash said Durant needs to play a certain number of minutes for his own benefit.
Josh Lewenberg: Nurse on the Raps players that returned from the H&S protocols last month: “Those guys all to a person, to a man were saying they didn’t feel quite right. They felt like they could play but they just didn’t feel quite right out there after they came back, and I think that showed”
NBA Communications: The NBA mourns the passing of Hall of Famer Bobby “Slick” Leonard, a beloved member of the Indiana Pacers organization for more than 50 years. A hard-nosed player, legendary coach and insightful broadcaster, Bobby had a profound impact on the game. Condolences to his loved ones.