This year’s offseason has already been significantly more entertaining than the NBA Finals, but the fireworks continued on Wednesday with a blockbuster trade. Earlier this afternoon, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to trade nine-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker and a 2018 first-round pick. It will be interesting to see how Paul meshes with James Harden, another ball dominant guard, but this trade cements Houston’s place as a legitimate title contender.
The 32-year-old Paul opted into the final season of his contract, forgoing a massive potential free agent payday to play for Houston. Although he missed 21 games during the regular season, Paul averaged 18.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 9.2 assists per game last season while shooting 47.6% from the floor and 41.1% from downtown.
Before this deal was finalized, BetOnline listed the Clippers at 40/1 and the Rockets at 25/1 to win the 2017-18 NBA Championship. For Houston, those odds were the fifth-shortest behind the Warriors (-175), Cavaliers (+450), Celtics (+1000) and Spurs (+1000). At the time of publication, all NBA futures were off the board at BetOnline.
At the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, the Rockets were listed at 30/1 and the Clippers were listed at 40/1. Following today’s shocking trade, the odds for both teams changed dramatically with Houston moving from 30/1 to 15/1 and Los Angeles dropping from 40/1 to 100/1. It’s tough to imagine anybody unseating the Warriors in the Western Conference, and Golden State’s odds of winning the title (-220) remain unchanged at the Westgate.
NBA Champ updated
Rockets 15/1 (from 30/1)
Clippers 100/1 (from 40/1)
— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) June 28, 2017
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