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Clippers trade Chris Paul to Rockets in shocker
The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to trade point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets.
The NBA offseason madness continues. In exchange for Paul, Houston will send Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams, and a 2018 first-round pick to the Clippers. CP3 apparently told the Clippers he was going to sign with the Rockets, so they wisely decided to get what they could for him, as opposed to losing the All-Star point guard for nothing.
Paul finished the 2016-17 season with 18.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 9.2 assists per game while posting a 12.8 nERD rating - the 13th best mark among the 486 NBA players last season.
Kevin Durant to wait on new deal
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will not sign a new contract until later in July, per ESPN's Marc Stein.
Durant has already said that he'll pass on his $27.7 million option and go into free agency with the intent to re-sign with the Warriors. But he is going to wait until the team completes most of its offseason business before re-signing. His intent is to allow Golden State enough space to re-sign veteran free agents Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
Durant's 17.6 nERD positioned him fourth among all players. He finished in a tie for 9th in this season's MVP voting.
Rockets trying to deal Ryan Anderson, create cap space
The Houston Rockets are looking for a team to take on Ryan Anderson's contract in order to create cap space, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
With the Rockets looking to add Chris Paul in free agency, they need to create cap space fast. Anderson's $19.6 million contract appears to be priority number one, but there haven't been any reports of interested parties.
Anderson's 2.3 nERD ranked 6th on the team and 45th among all NBA forwards in 2016-17.
Suns extend qualifying offer to Alan Williams
The Phoenix Suns have extended a qualifying offer to forward/center Alan Williams.
Williams will now be a restricted free agent on July 1st, as will his teammate Alex Len, who also got his QO from Phoenix. The Suns can match any offer the big men get in free agency, but the team likely won't keep both guys depending on their plans for Tyson Chandler. Williams' performed very well after the break last year with averages of 11.0 points and 8.9 rebounds and he looked better than Len during most of that time. The Suns will likely attempt to match any offer Williams gets on the open market.
Williams averaged 7.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks over just 15.1 minutes per game last season. He owned a .517 effective field goal percentage and his nERD of 1.3 ranked him 96th among all players in 2016-17.
Thunder exercise option on Jerami Grant
The Oklahoma City Thunder have exercised their team option on forward Jerami Grant for the 2017-18 season, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Grant will play on a team-friendly salary of $1.5 million this season. His skillset will provide versatility for the Thunder frontcourt as the team looks to build on this year's playoff appearance.
Grant's -0.2 nERD ranked eighth on the squad in 2017-18 as he averaged 5.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 19.1 minutes per game.
Suns' Jared Dudley undergoes toe surgery, out 3-4 months
Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley underwent surgery on his left toe on Friday and is expected to miss 3 to 4 months.
The surgery involved both ligament and bone damage, so the timetable should come as no surprise. Dudley is now likely to miss training camp and possibly the start of the Suns' 2017-18 campaign.
For the young Suns, Dudley has served as a valuable role player and mentor. He averaged 6.8 points in 21.3 minutes per game in 2017.
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