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NBA Update: Acquisition of Chris Paul sees Houston wound into $12

Sun, Jul 2, 11:27am by Head Editor

The Houston Rockets moved in from $25 to $12 to win the NBA championship on Thursday (AEST), following the acquisition of All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who was traded from the Clippers in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker and a first-round pick.

The blockbuster trade sees the franchise join their Texas neighbours – San Antonio – at $12 for their first title since 1995. As you’d expect, the Clippers have drifted from $40 to $67 on the back of the news.

The deal, which was made possible after Paul opted-in to the final season of his contract, which means he would have been one of the most sought-after free agents on the market, but instead, he’s on his way to Houston.

The Rockets, who fell to the Spurs in six games during the second round of this year’s playoffs, are now behind only Golden State, Cleveland ($4.20) and Boston ($10) in Championship betting.

Paul played for the Clippers for the past six seasons, where he failed to lead the team past the second round. He now joins NBA MVP runner-up James Harden in Houston’s high-powered offence.

The team that everyone is trying to catch, is the Warriors, who are $1.67 to defend their crown, after announcing that Stephen Curry has put pen to paper, a deal that keeps him in Oakland for five years, and pays him a cool $201 million.

A few days after Houston announced the arrival of Chris Paul, free agency began, which also ushered in the league’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

This has seen plenty of activity, including the move of four-time NBA All-Star – Paul George – who was traded to the Thunder, where he’ll join MVP Russell Westbrook.

As part of the deal, the Pacers will acquire guard Victor Oladipo and second-year big man Domantas Sabonis, sources said. OKC are now a $36 shot for the title, coming in from $60.

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Golden State Warriors $1.67

Cleveland Cavaliers $4.20

Boston Celtics $10

Houston Rockets $12

San Antonio Spurs $12

Washington Wizards $36

Oklahoma City Thunder $36

Minnesota Timberwolves $46

Milwaukee Bucks $51

Toronto Raptors $61

Utah Jazz $67

Los Angeles Clippers $67

Memphis Grizzlies $67

Miami Heat $81

New Orleans Pelicans $81

Portland Trail Blazers $101

Philadelphia 76ers $126

Denver Nuggets $126

Dallas Mavericks $151

Chicago Bulls $151

Atlanta Hawks $151

Indiana Pacers $151

Los Angeles Lakers $151

Charlotte Hornets $201

Detroit Pistons $201

New York Knicks $301

Phoenix Suns $501

Sacramento Kings $501

Brooklyn Nets $501

Orlando Magic $501

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