The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers are not the only teams impacted by the (wildly unexpected) Chris Paul trade. Many more will feel the ramifications of this early-summer blockbuster.
On some level, in fact, the entire NBA will feel the aftereffects. That’s what happens when a landscape-rattling move is made prior to the offseason’s actual main event—the advent of free agency.
Other players will need new homes with both the Clippers and Rockets switching or advancing directions, and they’ll be dispersed throughout the rest of the Association. Certain players will reach the chopping block for that same reason.
Trade targets elsewhere, and the suitors they’ve attracted, have new realities to contend with now. Potential ring-chasing free agents have at least one new bandwagon destination. The offseason point guard market continues to be turned upside down.
So many scenarios are in play as the result of Houston and Los Angeles breaking bread. And the ones that affect them barely scratch the surface of what’s now at stake.