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Does Chris Paul's trade to Rockets set the price for Pacers and Paul George?

Does Chris Paul's trade to Rockets set the price for Pacers and Paul George?

An NBA superstar named Paul was traded on Wednesday, but not the one who has been linked over and over in the last few weeks to the Wizards. No, it was Chris Paul who got dealt from the Clippers to the Rockets in a deal reported by Yahoo! Sports and not Paul George of the Pacers.

Paul's trade, however, could apply to George and by relation to the Wizards. That's because Paul is also a superstar and also has just one year left on his contract now that he agreed to opt in and head to Houston. George can opt out of his contract following the 2017-18 season and has made his intentions clear to the Pacers that he plans to leave.

Now, George has an extra wrinkle involved that Paul did not. He has indicated he not only wants to leave the Pacers next summer but specifically to join his hometown L.A. Lakers. Though Paul could leave the Rockets after one year, George seems almost certain to leave whichever city he plays in next year.

[RELATED: Wall is lobbying George to come to Wizards]

Still, set that aside and there may be something to learn from what the Rockets gave up for Paul if you are a team trying to land George from Indiana. First, let's look at what Houston gave up:

Rockets receive: PG Chris Paul

Clippers receive: PG Patrick Beverley, SG Lou Williams, SF Sam Dekker, 2018 first round pick

The Wizards already have a point guard, so they weren't interested in Paul. But could they offer something comparable for George? The Rockets' first round pick is likely to be in the late 20s, so that is doable. But in Beverley, Williams and Dekker the Clippers get two proven players who can help them win now and a high-ceiling former first round pick.

Whether the Pacers would accept NBA players like that, or if they seek more picks for the future, is unclear. The Wizards could not compete with teams like the Celtics and Lakers when it comes to picks, given the ones they hold will likely land in the lottery.

If the Wizards offer something similar to what the Rockets gave up, that hypothetical would likely include some combination of Otto Porter, who would have to do a sign-and-trade, Kelly Oubre, Jr., Marcin Gortat or Ian Mahinmi. Markieff Morris has such a team-friendly contract and gets along so well with John Wall and Bradley Beal that it's tough to see them give him up.

The Wizards may still not have the pieces to outbid others for George, but the Paul deal certainly appears to be a good starting point.

[RELATED: Sources: Wizards still in pursuit of trade for Paul George]

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Clippers trade Chris Paul to Rockets where he will team with James Harden, report says

Clippers trade Chris Paul to Rockets where he will team with James Harden, report says

There may be another super team forming in Houston, as on Wednesday the Rockets pulled off a deal to acquire superstar point guard Chris Paul and pair him with James Harden, a two-time runner-up for MVP.

That's according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, who tweeted this on Wednesday morning and in doing so set Twitter on fire:

Paul and Harden in the same backcourt will form one of the most talented duos in basketball, but how they will work together is not clear yet. Paul is a point guard and Harden has found his success in recent years at the same position. Harden's background is as a shooting guard, but he thrives with the ball in his hands and running Mike D'Antoni's offense.

The Clippers will receive guards Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker and a 2018 first round pick, according to multiple reports. That's all for Paul, who has one year left on his contract now that he has agreed to opt in. That brings up the question of whether Paul will sign a long-term deal. It would be understandable if he wants to see how the first year goes first.

Either way, this is a major, major blockbuster deal and NBA free agency hasn't even started yet.

[RELATED: Sources: Wizards still in pursuit of trade for Paul George]

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Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (2) Elvin Hayes vs. (15) Caron Butler

Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (2) Elvin Hayes vs. (15) Caron Butler

CSN is running a bracket to determine the best player in Wizards/Bullets franchise history. There are 16 players in a four-round tournament. The first round will be voted on by fans, while the rest will be determined by our analysts. The winner will be revealed during an hour-long special called 'Best of the Best' on Friday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. on CSN.

Here is today's matchup...

No. 2 ELVIN HAYES vs. No. 15 CARON BUTLER

Elvin Hayes

Years with franchise: 9
Stats: 21.3 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg, 2.4 bpg, 45.8 FG%
Accolades: Hall of Famer, NBA champion, 8-time All-Star, 6-time All-NBA, 2-time All-Defense

Summary: The Bullets acquired Hayes in a one-for-one deal that sent small forward Jack Marin to the Houston Rockets in 1972. Marin was a two-time All-Star, but Hayes was in the prime of a Hall of Fame career. Alongside fellow Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, Hayes and the Bullets went on to make the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons. They made the NBA Finals three times and won the franchise's only championship in 1978.

Hayes was one of the most feared big men in the NBA in the late 1960s and through the 1970s. He was known for his rebounding (12.7 rpg with Bullets) and rim protection (2.4 bpg), but could also score. He led the league in scoring as a rookie with the San Diego Rockets, but in Washington didn't need to carry as heavy a load. 

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Caron Butler

Years with franchise: 5
Stats: 19.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.8 spg, 0.3 bpg, 45.3 FG%
Accolades: 2-time All-Star, All-NBA, All-Rookie

Summary: Butler played for nine different teams across 14 NBA seasons, but he had his best years in Washington starring alongside Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison. The Wizards acquired Butler in one of the best trades in franchise history, a 2005 deal that sent Kwame Brown and Chucky Atkins to the L.A. Lakers. The 10th overall pick in 2002, Butler was a young and inconsisent player through his first three seasons with the Heat and Lakers, but once he joined the Wizards he quickly found his way and emerged as one of the best small forwards in basketball.

Butler could do a little bit of everything. He was a legitimate wing scorer (19 ppg with Wizards) who could stretch the floor to three-point range. He grabbed 6.6 rebounds and dished 3.5 assists per game in Washington. And twice he averaged over two steals per game. The Wizards made the playoffs three straight years with Butler in their lineup. With an inspirational story and famous habit for chewing straws, Butler was a fan favorite during his years in Washington.

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