NBA players, basketball Twitter go crazy after Chris Paul reportedly traded to Rockets
As if the NBA off-season needed any more intrigue, the Los Angeles Clippers decided to trade Chris Paul.
After Paul told the Clippers he would be leaving for Houston in free agency, he reportedly opted-in for the final year of his contract so he could be traded to the Rockets instead.
As usual, basketball Twitter exploded after Adrian Wojnarowski (who else?) reported the deal.
It's only right that Adam Silver vetoes this one too— Jeremy Woo (@JeremyWoo) June 28, 2017
wait i was off the internet for 10 minutes and now the rockets have chris paul lol— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) June 28, 2017
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade showed support for their close friend as he heads to a new team.
And then there was Paul Pierce.
To the 🚀 Wow!! Emoji game in point 😂😂— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) June 28, 2017
Brandon Jennings had plenty of thoughts on what this could mean.
Cp3 to the rockets? That's real— Brandon Jennings (@brandonjennings) June 28, 2017
So who running Point Guard? 🤔— Brandon Jennings (@brandonjennings) June 28, 2017
28 8 11. I'm not coming off the rock.— Brandon Jennings (@brandonjennings) June 28, 2017
The way Houston play though. They must be getting one more piece— Brandon Jennings (@brandonjennings) June 28, 2017
If they get Melo they might score 170pts a night. Melo just gotta be Olympic Melo— Brandon Jennings (@brandonjennings) June 28, 2017
Lou Williams and Sam Dekker—two of the players involved in the trade—found some humor in the situation.
1:13 Am in Beijing. can't go back to sleep. Let's check out some hoop news and see what's going on. 😎— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) June 28, 2017
😂😂😂— Sam Dekker (@dekker) June 28, 2017
While Paul and Patrick Beverley were a bit more sentimental.
There was also a small contingent that wondered what this will mean for DeAndre Jordan and the rest of the Clippers.
Although some think this move increases the chances the Clippers bring back Blake Griffin.
The Clippers now believe this clear the way for team to sign Blake Griffin, per source— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) June 28, 2017
And yes, this does mean Clippers are focused on retaining Blake Griffin in free agency, per league sources.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 28, 2017
But like most things on Twitter, it was the jokes about how this could all go wrong that really stuck out.
There were plenty of people who don't see this trade meaning too much for the Rockets' postseason hopes and question how Paul and James Harden will mesh together.
Chris Paul and James Harden... wow! Who's bringing the ball up??— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) June 28, 2017
Chris Paul is a great ball dominant guard. James Harden is a great ball dominant guard. So, sure?— Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) June 28, 2017
But no matter what happens in April and May, the regular season pairing of Paul and Harden with Mike D'Antoni calling the shots is sure to cause opposing defenses fits.
The Chris Paul and James Harden fit is so weird but I realize they're both basketball geniuses and should at least sort of figure it out.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) June 28, 2017
Regardless of what happens, this is important: We get at least one year of Chris Paul in a Mike D’Antoni offense. This is AMAZING.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) June 28, 2017
Harden was basically running everything last year. Now can focus on what he does best which is scoring. Going to be interesting— BlackSportsOnline (@BSO) June 28, 2017
Paul is set to enter his 13th season in the NBA.