It has been a busy day for the Houston Rockets.
The day has seen many different trades happen for the team. A bunch of minor moves, such as trades for DeAndre Liggins or Ryan Kelly, and one major trade for point guard Chris Paul have all occurred in the last 9 hours. At the end of the day, as it all settled, Daryl Morey and Mike D’Antoni sat down at a press conference and discussed it. Let’s look at some of the quotes.
"“The more point guards you have the better.”"
This quote from D’Antoni shows that they believe in the two point guard system. The main question mark after the acquisition of Chris Paul is how he will fit with James Harden. Thankfully for the Rockets, the Beard was the main advocator of a CP3 deal.
One thing I've heard repeatedly today is James Harden recruited Chris Paul extensively. Not just on board. His fingerprint all over it.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) June 28, 2017
The two are dedicated to making this partnership work. If all goes according to Morey’s plan, there will be another star (at least) to share the ball with as well.
— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) June 28, 2017
"“Any day you can acquire a Hall of Fame level player is a good day for the franchise.”"
This quote shows that the Rockets are all about acquiring talent. The franchise has always been a sign big talent now, ask about fit later one, but this time it may be different. The two point guards have the talent to coexist and dominate. The players have proven in the past that they are unselfish, with both of them leading the league in assists at one point. Morey also said that there will not be a time that either Harden or Paul are not on the floor. Having an All-Star point guard on the floor every minute of the game can be nothing but good for the team.
"I first want to thank who gave so much to the Rockets over the years. He was really the heart and soul of the team, it’s tough to see him go. Patrick Beverley"
Daryl Morey gave special thanks to each of the traded players, but Pat in particular. Beverley has been instrumental in the success of the franchise over his five years with the Rockets. He deserves more than a thank you. Hopefully, the chance to run the offense of the Clippers will be enticing to Pat Bev.