Chris Paul
PG HOU
4 weeks ago

Paul, after informing the Clippers he would sign with the Rockets in free agency, opted-in on his contract and was subsequently dealt to Houston in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams and a 2018 (top three protected) first round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical

EDGE Analysis

After another disappointing season in Los Angeles teamed up with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, Paul seemingly decided that the grass was greener on the other side. Originally, Paul had decided to opt-out of his contract, but then informed the Clippers about his intentions of signing with the Rockets, eventually leading to him opting-in so the Clippers could deal him and get assets in return. From a fantasy perspective, this trade could have significant implications for both CP3 and Harden, who are both generally ball-dominant guards. That said, Paul shot a career-best 41.1 percent from beyond the arc last season, making it a possibilty that he could occassionally do some catch-and-shoot action while Harden shuffles the defense. On the other side of the equation, Harden played mostly shooting guard and small forward for the majority of his career until coach Mike D'Antoni decided to officially convert him to a point guard this past season, so playing off-ball isn't foreign to him. It seems likely, however, that one or both of them will suffer in the assist department, but could make up for it with increased scoring efficiency. Whatever the case may be, Houston now boasts one of the most, if not the most, skilled backcourts in the NBA.

Chris Paul
PG HOU
1 month ago

Paul officially exercised his early termination option to become a free agent Saturday, Paul Garcia of The Sports Daily reports.

EDGE Analysis

As anticipated, Paul will pass on his final year with the Clippers in order to test the free-agent waters, which opens July 1st. His former team could offer him the heftiest contract -- which could be worth upwards of $205 million on a five-year deal -- but any other team could only offer him a maximum of $152 million over four years, according to ESPN.

Chris Paul
PG HOU
1 month ago

Paul intends to opt out of his contract on June 29th, which would make him an unrestricted free agent, ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Paul will forgo the final year of his current deal with the Clippers, which is worth over $24 million, to hit the open market when free agency starts July 1st. While Paul is waiting for the final day possible to officially declare his intention, star forward Blake Griffin opted out of his final year on Friday. As a result, Los Angeles' two best players will be free to field offers from around this league next month, leaving the franchise with a humungous offseason ahead. At 32 years old, Paul averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 three-pointers while shooting 41.1 percent from deep in 61 appearances this season.

Chris Paul
PG HOU
3 months ago

Paul recorded 29 points (10-20 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT), eight assists, three rebounds and two steals across 38 minutes Friday in a 98-93 win over the Jazz in Game 6 of the series.

EDGE Analysis

With Blake Griffin missing the last three games of the series with a season-ending toe injury, Paul has took it upon himself to carry the Clippers offense on his shoulders. He was once again masterful in Game 6 as both a scorer and distributor, providing at least 27 points for the third straight game and bumping his assist-to-turnover ratio up to 29:8 during that span. Paul should see another sky-high usage rate in Sunday's Game 7 as the Clippers aim to advance to the second round.

Chris Paul
PG HOU
3 months ago

Paul generated 28 points (10-19 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine assists, four rebounds and one steal across 38 minutes Tuesday in a 96-92 loss to the Jazz in Game 5 of the series.

EDGE Analysis

Paul's hot shooting from three-point range in the fourth quarter nearly allowed the Clippers to score a comeback victory, but the Jazz converted on some key plays down the stretch to take a 3-2 series lead. The point guard failed to record a double-double for the first time all series, but he's still averaging 27.0 points (on 53.1% shooting), 10.4 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 2.2 three-pointers and 2.0 steals in 36.4 minutes per game over the five contests, all of which match or surpass his regular-season numbers.

Chris Paul
PG HOU
3 months ago

Paul registered 27 points (10-21 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 12 assists, nine rebounds and one steal across 38 minutes in Sunday's 105-98 loss to the Jazz in Game 4 of the series.

EDGE Analysis

Paul has compiled double-doubles in all four games of the series, and though he may have been his best all-around numbers Sunday, the Clippers could need even more production out of him now that Blake Griffin (toe) has been ruled out for the rest of the postseason. With that in mind, the 31-year-old should be an elite option in DFS contests until the Clippers are eliminated from the playoffs.

Chris Paul
PG HOU
3 months ago

Paul compiled 34 points (12-22 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 8-8 FT), 10 assists, seven rebounds and two steals across 36 minutes in Friday's 111-106 win over the Jazz in Game 3 of the series.

EDGE Analysis

With Blake Griffin (toe) departing with three minutes left in the second quarter and ruled out for the rest of the evening, the Clippers needed Paul to take on the primary scoring duties, and he certainly rose to the occasion. He poured in 24 of his points in the second half, serving as the linchpin in the Clippers' 15-0 fourth-quarter run that helped them salt the game away and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Griffin's status for Sunday's Game 4 remains in some peril, so Paul could be in store for some elevated usage once again if the Clippers determine the star big man is unable to play.

Chris Paul
PG HOU
3 months ago

Paul provided 25 points (10-19 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 11 assists, seven rebounds and three steals over 37 minutes during Saturday's 97-95 loss to the Jazz in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoffs.

EDGE Analysis

After wrapping up the regular season with a trio of sub-20-point efforts, Paul exploded despite a tough defensive matchup Saturday, posting his best scoring total April 1. Paul also took his highest amount of shots since March 13, and looks primed for elevated usage in what projects to be a tightly-contested series.

Chris Paul
PG HOU
3 months ago

Paul tallied 19 points (5-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 7-7 FT), nine assists, five rebounds and four steals over 29 minutes in Monday's 125-96 win over the Rockets.

EDGE Analysis

Paul's scoring total led the starting five and he played an integral role in keeping the Clippers' goal for the No. 4 seed alive. The veteran point guard's 41.7 percent success rate from the field was his lowest over the last seven contests, but he continues to provide above-average across the stat sheet. Monday's contest represented his third consecutive with multiple steals as well as his 11th straight double-digit scoring effort. With the Clippers having plenty to play for in Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Kings, Paul should see a normal allotment of minutes in that contest.

Chris Paul
PG HOU
4 months ago

Paul accumulated 29 points (9-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 10-10 FT), 12 assists, four rebounds and one steal across 37 minutes during Saturday's 115-104 victory over the Clippers.

EDGE Analysis

Paul has been on a hot streak, racking up three double-doubles with a combined 85 points and 35 assists across the past three games. These types of numbers are nothing new for Paul, who averages 20.5 points and 10.5 assists per 36 minutes this season. He should continue to be a fantasy force for the remainder of the season as the Clippers try to secure a favorable playoff seeding.