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Former Badgers star Sam Dekker moves to Los Angeles in wild Chris Paul blockbuster

Houston trades seven players, a pick, and cash
Former Badgers star Sam Dekker moves to Los Angeles in wild Chris Paul blockbuster
Posted at 5:26 PM, Jun 28, 2017

In a wild eight-player deal, the Houston Rockets have acquired nine-time all-star Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday.

One of the assets that Los Angeles acquired in exchange for Paul was former Wisconsin Badgers star Sam Dekker. Dekker averaged 6.5 points and 3.7 rebounds across 77 games in his second NBA season last year. He will be a part of a completely revamped Clippers squad who could also lose forward Blake Griffin and guard J.J. Redick in free agency as well.

Los Angeles also received Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Wiltjer, a 2018 first round pick, and $661,000.

On the other side, Houston can now pair two all-star guards together - Paul and James Harden. Harden is coming off the best year of his career in 2016-17, where he averaged 29.1 points and 11.2 assists. He was named to the all-NBA first team and finished second in the MVP voting.

The Rockets have been in search of the "next piece" since Daryl Morey took over as general manager in 2007. After a failed partnership between Harden and Dwight Howard, Harden put together a solo act last season en route to 55 wins before Houston bowed out in the second round of the playoffs to San Antonio.

Ironically, Houston is bringing in Paul as they look to make the leap from good to great - Paul has never made the Western Conference Finals during his 12-year career.