On Wednesday afternoon, social media was on fire after the news of the CP3 trade was released. Paul, a 9-time NBA All-Star was traded to the Houston Rockets for Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams. According to Y! Sports, Paul had been planning to decline the player option on his contract and wanted to play with Rockets All-Star James Harden.
According to ESPN,
Paul’s relationship with Doc Rivers started to deteriorate rapidly after the Clippers acquired Austin Rivers. Several members of the team felt Austin acted entitled because his dad was both the coach and the President of Basketball Operations. In the view of the tenured players, Austin Rivers never tried to fit in, and when players tried to address the situation with him, he still did not respond the way the core of the team wanted him to. It led to resentment within the locker room, which often played out during games. One of Paul’s biggest contentions with Doc was that Paul, and other players, felt Doc treated Austin more favorably than other players. He would yell at guys for certain things during games and practices, but not get on Austin in the same manner for similar transgressions.
But what really solidified Paul’s dissatisfaction
(I was also told that when Paul met with the team to inform them of his plans, Jerry West was not in attendance. It was only Doc and Lawrence Frank.)
Maybe Doc was behind having CP3 traded to the Rockets to save his son and his position with the Clippers? Paul took to Instagram to send a message to all Clipper fans after his departure of the team.
“Unbelievable amount of emotions right now. I don’t even know what to say. Lots of love and tears. I’m so blessed and thankful for the ability to play this game, this is the part that no one can prepare you for. To the Los Angeles community and to CLIPPER NATION I say THANK YOU!!!! For the past 6 years you all have welcomed not only me but my family. We love all of you.”
CP3 was given some support around the league from some of his friends including LeBron James and DWade.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 28, 2017
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) June 28, 2017
Photo cred: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports