The Rockets Are Reportedly Willing to Move Chris Paul, As There Are Approximately 124 Million Reasons For Them to Do So
Question. Are we really considering this a hard-hitting piece of news? It's definitely noteworthy that Houston's trading block consists of every non-MVP candidate on their roster, but - relative to most Woj Bombs - I'd say this fittingly packs the punch of a malfunctioning bottle rocket.
Of course the Rockets, a team that keeps finding ways to fall short in their bid for Western Conference supremacy, has a desire to improve. Of course they'd go as far as parting ways with an absolute anchor of a contract that's looked worse and worse from the very second it was signed, as it belongs to a player whose impact is depreciating far quicker than his attitudinal ego. I hesitate to say that moving on from Chris Paul would be a blessing in disguise, for if it were then that disguise would be about as transparent as the one worn by "Cliff Paul" in State Farm commercials. With James Harden dominating possessions like there is quota of dribbles he has to reach for the ball not to blow up in his face, CP3 is probably worth half of what he is being (over) paid as an injury prone 34-year old who is most effective as a primary point guard whose most deadly shot is the same one that's damn near forbidden by Daryl Morey.
Now, I don't know that the Rockets can get much better by trading CP3, as it might take the Lakers idiotically appeasing LeBron by tossing a full can of gasoline on their organizational dumpster fire to give up enough promising, young, cost-controlled assets to fill the on-court void left by an off-court albatross. That, however, doesn't mean it isn't common sense for them to try to do so instead of running it back with a roster that has proven to pick the worst possible times to live up to their reputation by painting Picasso's of postseason choke-artistry.