Chris Paul’s re-signing only a matter of deciding on length of deal
Chris Paul has proven time and again that size does not matter. But in his current contract situation with the Houston Rockets, that appears to be the only thing that matters in striking a deal.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, via Sagar Trika of Blazer’s Edge, Paul is already a cinch to remain in Houston with the length of his contract as the only subject of discussions at this point. It’s down to four versus five years, but most importantly, the Rockets are likely to retain his services.
Paul’s addition to the Rockets provided a much-needed defensive mentality and leadership to the team. Averaging 18.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 7.9 assists, and 1.7 steals per game, Paul joined forces with 2017-18 Most Valuable Player James Harden and led Houston to the NBA’s best regular season record at 65-17.
His re-signing with the Rockets had already been expected for quite some time. They were so close to the NBA Finals, only to be stymied by an injury late in Game 5 of the West Finals against eventual-champion Golden State Warriors.
The offseason has been filled with plenty of speculations centered on the biggest names such as LeBron James, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard. With Paul, though, despite being at the level of those superstars, his summer has been placid so far.
After inking Paul to a new long-term deal, next on the Rockets’ plate is center Clint Capela, who’s been rumored as a potential target of teams in need of a rim-running center of his caliber. Houston will be challenged with max offers for Capela, but his value to the team alongside Paul and Harden cannot be understated, which could be enough for the Rockets to pony up on the big man.
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