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Chris Paul tweets heartfelt farewell to L.A., Clippers fans

Chris Paul is on his way to joining the Houston Rockets but not before he paid a heartfelt farewell to Los Angeles and Clipper Nation on his way out, taking to Twitter to post a message of sincere gratitude.

“Unbelievable amount of emotions right now- I don’t even know what to say. Lots of love and tears,” the post reads. “I’m so blessed and thankful for the ability to play this game, this is the part that no one can prepare you for.

“To the Los Angeles community and to CLIPPER NATION I say THANK YOU!!! For the past 6 years you all have welcomed not only me but my family. We love all of you.

“Most importantly, I‘m thinking about the kids at LA’s Best and the Brotherhood Crusade. You guys have changed my life. Doesn’t matter where I go to work- we have a lot more to do.”

Paul reportedly agreed to opt in to the final year of his $24.2 million contract to help effectuate the trade, one that helped the Clippers acquire assets as opposed to getting nothing in return had Paul left in free agency.

The move without question sets the NBA offseason on its head and presumably will lead to significant fallout with how free agency plays out. The Rockets reportedly already believe they can land either Carmelo Anthony or Paul George as well.

Whether the pairing of James Harden and Paul can be successful depends largely on their ability to coexist. And that’s before any potential acquisitions of Anthony or George.

Paul spent six successful seasons with the Clippers, appearing in 409 games. The point guard averaged 18.8 points, 9.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals while leading the Clippers to a 313-163 record.

To say that Paul left an indelible mark on the Clippers organization probably doesn’t do justice to the contributions the superstar made to the team. But in light of his considerable charitable work, Paul had a tremendous impact on the greater Los Angeles community as well.

And now? On to Houston.