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Studies emerged suggesting Paul had taken concern with Austin receiving particular remedy from the Los Angeles Clippers head coach as a result of he was his son, main The Level God to push for his eventual signal-and-commerce with Houston. The younger Rivers and his now ex-teammate mentioned the matter over the telephone, with Paul assuring him the rumors have been false.
“I referred to as Chris and was like, ‘Chris, what is going on on?’ Chris is like, ‘That is the most important bull(expletive) I’ve ever seen in my life.’ Chris was identical to, ‘This can be a joke,'” Rivers recounted to USA At this time’s Sam Amick. “So I requested him, I am like, ‘You need not come out and say nothing publicly, I do not want you to try this. It is simply going to make it much more, now they will drag it out two extra days. I am going to take it. I do not care. I have been coping with this (dynamic) since I used to be 6 (years previous). I actually do not even care.'”
Rivers stated they chatted for forty minutes, with Paul making it clear that he’d left for a change of surroundings, in addition to the chance to play alongside James Harden in Houston’s backcourt.
“What do I’ve to do with another person’s transfer? Chris needed to maneuver as a result of he’d been (with the Clippers) for some time,” stated Rivers. “He is had nice years there, however he needed one thing new. Plenty of gamers need that. It is actually that straightforward.”
Rivers had beforehand tweeted to refute the rumor, calling it “amusing.”
The Clippers acquired a package deal of Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Lou Williams, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, a future first-spherical decide, and money issues for Paul, who’d been with the group for six seasons, however by no means superior previous the second spherical of the playoffs.