Griffin has been pursued by the Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Miami Heat, but Paul's departure from Los Angeles reportedly "clears the way" for the Clippers to re-sign Griffin, according to Brad Turner of the L.A. Times.
Besides for questions over Harden and Paul splitting bal-handling duties, another interesting subplot may be how Paul's shot selection fits in the Rockets' offense. Durant sacrificed too, losing six front-court touches per game from 2015-16 to 2016-17. The overall result was a net increase of nearly a point more per 100 possessions on offense, tying the Warriors with the 1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers for the highest offensive rating in National Basketball Association history since the three-point line was adopted in 1979-80.
However, as ESPN's Zach Lowe noted on his podcast, "The Lowe Post," the Rockets could maybe use a dose of Paul's more traditional shot selection.
The Rockets, needing to make another move to make the financials work before they can officially acquire Paul, are telling teams that they've assembled the needed pieces and the trade is headed to the league office for approval, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst. It appears as though Paul will exercise his player option for next season and then be traded, making him a free agent again next offseason. The 28-year-old point guard averaged 9.5 points, 4.2 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game this past season.
Considering that Mike D'Antonio is a Houston Rockets head coach, and he is well known for his awesome offense, it won't be surprising if Harden averages over 30 points per game next season. In the postseason, the Rockets offensive efficiency fell from scoring 111.8 points per 100 possessions, second best in the regular season, to 107.2 points per 100 possessions, only seventh of 16 playoff teams.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Paul met with the Clippers Tuesday. The Golden State Warriors, by comparison, were No. 2 defensively with the San Antonio Spurs, another Western Conference title contender, at No. 1.
Harden was the runner-up for the Most Valuable Player award, announced on Monday, for the second time in three years.
The defensive concerns aside, adding Paul to the roster should improve the team for the 2017-18 season.
It will be interesting to see how good #James Harden and Chris Paul will play together, but they probably won't have issues with it as they are both unselfish.