Both the Clippers and Rockets officially issued press releases announcing the Chris Paul trade. Earlier in the day, the Rockets completed five separate trades—acquiring Ryan Kelly from Atlanta, DeAndre Liggins from Dallas, Darrun Hilliard from Detroit, Shawn Long from Philadelphia, and Tim Quarterman from Portland, all for cash considerations. Philadelphia also received a second-round pick from Houston.
Then, Houston packaged Liggins and Hilliard with Rockets players Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, and Kyle Wilter, along with the team’s 2018 first-round pick, to the Clippers for Chris Paul.
The Clippers are expected to waive the non-guaranteed deals of Liggins, Hilliard, and Wiltjer, who were included in the deal for salary-matching purposes. Of the four other players, Lou Williams is particularly likely to be traded given his redundancy with Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers.