Houston received guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, forwards Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell, plus the non-guaranteed deals of DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hilliard and Kyle Wiltjer from Los Angeles.
This past season, James Harden had a season for the ages, finishing second in the National Basketball Association in scoring at 29.1 points per game, and first in assists at 11.2 per game.
So how did the Rockets repay him? Meanwhile, the most any other team can offer the former All-Star is $130 million over four years. This was a awful trade by the Rockets. The Wizards could not compete with teams like the Celtics and Lakers when it comes to picks, given the ones they hold will likely land in the lottery.
Eaves reported that Rivers gave his son preferential treatment compared to other players on the roster, but the issue came to a head when Rivers turned down a trade with the Knicks that would have sent Austin to NY.
"One of Paul's biggest contentions with Doc was that Paul, and other players, felt Doc treated Austin more favorably than other players", Eaves said.
Unfortunately, logic did not factor into General Manager Daryl Morey's position.
And something will have to give in regard to Paul's mid-range shooting. They did not need another playmaker. It's a good job sports aren't played on paper as they would be really boring.
Certainly, the loss of Paul hurts.
Paul played for the Clippers for the past six seasons, where he failed to lead the team past the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. He averaged 14.9 points and three rebounds in 23 games for Houston. As far as Paul's fit with the team, he believes that will come down to sacrifice. There is also some discussion that the Rockets are also working on trying to acquire Paul George from the Pacers. "Doesn't matter where I go to work - we have a lot more to do".