Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Houston Rockets, Chris Paul agree to four-year, $160M max deal

Houston Rockets, Chris Paul agree to four-year, $160M max deal

By signing Chris Paul back, it looks as though the Rockets are moving in the right direction to be a contender yet again next season.

Houston, however, is facing serious luxury-tax concerns because of the huge contracts possessed by James Harden and now Chris Paul. Paul helped propel the Rockets to a 3-2 series lead against the mighty Golden State Warriors before injuring his hamstring.

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The point guard, 33, is a nine-time All-Star and helped lead the Rockets to the best record in the National Basketball Association last season (65-17).

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.

During the first day of the National Basketball Association free agency period, the Houston Rockets re-signed two key players, but lost a critical piece on the defensive side.

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Ariza, who turned 33 on Saturday, made $7.4 million a year ago, his fourth season of his second stint with the team.

Paul averaged 18.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game last season for the Rockets.

TNT's David Aldridge reported Sunday that the Lakers will have a meeting with Houston Rockets center Clint Capela, who's a restricted free agent.

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