Sam Dekker

Clippers trade Chris Paul to Rockets

Clippers trade Chris Paul to Rockets

When Chris Paul told the Clippers during a meeting this week of his desire to play for the Houston Rockets, it didn’t come as much of a surprise.

His words were a “formality,” simply confirming what the team already knew, one Clippers official said Wednesday, after news broke about a trade that sent the All-Star guard to the Rockets in exchange for guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, forward Sam Dekker, center Montrezl Harrell, other players who do not have guaranteed contracts and a 2018 first-round draft pick.

Paul’s relationship with Clippers coach Doc Rivers had grown rocky — possibly over the team’s refusal to include Austin Rivers, the coach’s son, in a deal to...