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NBA Free Agency 2017: Mavericks trade DeAndre Liggins to Rockets — who also just got some guy named Chris Paul

NBA Free Agency doesn’t even officially begin until July 1, and deals are already flying around.

Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

First reported by Adrian Wojnarowski at The Vertical, the LA Clippers have agreed to a trade with the Houston Rockets, sending Chris Paul to the Rockets in a blockbuster deal. The details still need to be ironed out to match money, but it is sure to cause a ripple in free agency that begins July 1st.

The Mavericks got involved in the action today as well:

For the Mavericks, it means dealing with an even more stacked opponent in their division. Guys like Dennis Smith Jr. and Yogi Ferrell will have a steep learning curve dealing with a James Harden-Chris Paul backcourt.

It also signals the LA Clippers possibly shifting their team’s focus to a rebuild — especially if Blake Griffin (who opted out of his contract recently) and J.J. Redick, both now free agents, also leave the Clippers.

If LA rebuilds, it leaves one less playoff contender in the West - opening up opportunity for another team to slip in.

Also...a live look in on DeAndre Jordan right now?

Free agency kicks off July 1st, and this looks to be one of many huge deals. Look for a rumors/open thread post on MMB later today.