Chris Paul will be the latest star to make his way to Houston after the Rockets agreed to trade three players and a draft pick to acquire him from the Clippers on Wednesday.Click through the gallery to revisit the most notable trades in Rockets history.
This may be the most famous non-trade in NBA history. In February 1994, the Rockets agreed to trade forwards Robert Horry (pictured) and Matt Bullard to Detroit for forward Sean Elliott. The deal was supposed to shore up a weakness at small forward for Houston.
Elliott, however, failed his physical because of a kidney condition, and Horry and Bullard were sent back to Houston. Once he returned, Horry adopted a scorer’s mindset and turned into one of the greatest clutch shooters in NBA history. It’s unlikely the Rockets would’ve won either of their two championships without some of the big shots he hit along the way.
You can say one thing about the Rockets – they’ve never been shy to make a bold move.
Wednesday’s trade to get veteran point guard Chris Paul from the Clippers for a package of guard Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, forwards Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell and a first-round pick was the first big move of the NBA offseason.
Once again, general manager Daryl Morey showed he wouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on a big deal.
In their history, the Rockets have swung some major trades. Some paid off handsomely (looking at you, Clyde Drexler) while some backfired (anyone remember the Scottie Pippen era?). Even one trade that didn’t go through worked out well for the Rockets, with Robert Horry returning to Houston and being a key contributor to the 1994 and 1995 championship teams.