Rockets' Paul to stay put with four-year max contract

05 July, 2018, 04:24 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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For now, the Rockets are content to have Paul back in the fold.

According to ESPN, the nine-time All-Star will re-sign with Houston for four years and $160 million.

Paul's projected total value for the deal is upwards of $159.73M.

The Rockets acquired Paul via trade with the Los Angeles Clippers last season.

For Paul and the rest of his Houston teammates, this ensures that the team has a point guard in place to continue its pursuit of the Golden State Warriors dynasty atop the Western Conference.

More news: Brilliant Cavani brace fires Uruguay into last eight

Departing Houston is another swingman, starter Trevor Ariza, who will join the Phoenix Suns on a $15 million, one-year deal, according to multiple reports Sunday. He also served as an imposing presence at the rim, as evidenced by his 1.9 blocks per game average and the fact that he led the team in defensive win shares with 4.1. Paul, James Harden and Co. should be one of the league's two to three best teams in 2018-19.

Paul never considered leaving the Rockets in free agency, league sources said.

The 33-year-old Paul was eligible to sign a five-year maximum contract, but the Rockets took his age and injury problems into consideration.

The Lakers are interested in Clint Capela.

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