More Details That Lead to The Chris Paul Trade; Doc Rivers to Blame?

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 with Doc was a proposed trade involving Carmelo Anthony last season. New York offered Carmelo and Sasha Vujacic to the Clippers in exchange for Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce and Austin Rivers, a deal to which Rivers ultimately said no. That event led Paul to feel that keeping his son on the roster was more important to Doc than improving the team. So, ultimately, Paul lost both trust and faith in Doc. As one league executive put it, “Chris despises Doc.”

(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.

Paul says,

“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.

Photo cred: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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