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Report: Oklahoma City trades Russell Westbrook to Houston Rockets for Chris Paul

A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, a shake up of top point guards and a move that reunites Westbrook with James Harden. The Thunder also are getting first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, plus the right to swap first-rounders in two other seasons.

Rockets’ Chris Paul fined $35K for ‘reckless’ contact with ref

Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul has been fined $35,000 for what the NBA called “aggressively confronting and recklessly making contact” with an official during Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. The incident occurred with 4.4 seconds remaining in the Rockets’ 104-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Paul was ejected for a second technical foul for brushing referee Josh Tiven while arguing that Warriors guard Klay Thompson committed a loose-ball foul against him.

NBA roundup: Rockets beat Warriors 118-112 without ailing James Harden

Eric Gordon scored 25 points with four 3-pointers, Chris Paul converted two free throws with 1:08 left on the way to 23, and the Houston Rockets outplayed the Golden State Warriors without ill NBA scoring leader James Harden for a 118-112 victory Saturday night.

NBA suspends Ingram, Rondo, Paul in Lakers-Rockets dustup

Lakers teammates Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul of the Rockets were suspended without pay Sunday for an on-court fight, with Paul taking the heaviest financial hit. Ingram was suspended four games, Rondo will sit out three games and Paul two games. The NBA handed down the punishments a day after the incident in the fourth quarter at Staples Center.

Houston’s Chris Paul out for Game 6 vs Warriors with injury

The Houston Rockets will be without star guard Chris Paul for Game 6 because of a strained hamstring. This is a huge blow for a team trying to close out the Golden State Warriors. Paul was injured in the fourth quarter of a Game 5 victory that gave the Rockets a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals. Eric Gordon, the star of Game 5, will start in Paul’s place.

James Harden, Rockets blast past Wolves with 50-point third quarter

James Harden gave Houston quite the jump-start with 22 of the team’s 50 points in the third quarter, as the Rockets cruised past the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-100 on Monday night in Minneapolis to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Chris Paul’s free agency decision becomes a documentary

Chris Paul had a new home in Los Angeles and the potential for a $200 million contract with the Clippers. But he wasn’t sure he’d ever win there. He eventually accepted a trade to Los Angeles and the process is the subject of a three-part documentary that debuts Thursday on ESPN.

NBA draft fallout: Butler trade sets the stage for looming free agency

As draft night approached, some of the heavy hitters in the NBA – Cleveland, San Antonio, Houston, Boston, the Clippers among them – were jockeying, making calls and looking for deals to try to position themselves to make a run at the Golden State juggernaut.

Chris Paul cleared by doctors, could return against Warriors

Chris Paul has been cleared by doctors and could be back in the Los Angeles Clippers’ lineup at Golden State. Coach Doc Rivers said Paul has “looked great” and the only remaining hurdle is how comfortable Paul feels after another practice. Paul has been out since Jan. 16 after tearing a ligament in his left thumb.

NBPA Union president Chris Paul talks labor deal

NBPA President Chris Paul says “it’s a really good feeling” to have struck a tentative agreement on a new labor deal with the NBA. Paul, the All-Star guard for the Los Angeles Clippers, says he’s particularly pleased with what this deal will do for former players.

Newsmakers

Fined Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul has been fined $25,000 for criticizing rookie female official Lauren Holtkamp after a loss at Cleveland. Paul was given the technical in a game that featured five technicals against the Clippers. After the game, Paul called the technical on an inbounds play “ridiculous” and said “this might not be for her.” Holtkamp is one of two female officials in the NBA. Died The only NBA referee to toss Wilt Chamberlain from a game, Norm Drucker, died Friday. He was 94. Norm Drucker worked NBA games from 1953-69, then moved to the ABA from 1969-76, also serving as that league’s supervisor of officials for five years. He returned to the NBA when the leagues merged to spend one more season on the court (1976-77) before becoming the NBA’s supervisor of officials until 1981.