Chris Paul no longer wants to be a Houston Rocket.
According to a report from Yahoo Sports Vincent Goodwill, the relationship between James Harden and Paul has been called “unsalvageable” and the star players no longer want to play for the same franchise.
The report goes on to say that Paul demanded a trade following the team’s playoff exit to the Golden State Warriors in the second round and that Harden gave the team an ultimatum: him or me.
The bombshell report also lists Paul’s injury issues as a reason for Harden growing “annoyed” with the nine-time NBA All-Star.
The report comes just one day after Houston general manager Daryl Morey was on ESPN’s Golic and Wingo radio show. He said Paul did not request a trade and the tensions were a good thing.
“We have two high-level competitors, Chris and James, who their only goal in life at this point is to win the title. They’ve accomplished everything else, they are both going to be first-ballot Hall of Famers. Two competitive superstars at that level, there’s going to be times when they are extremely competitive, extremely focused on how do we get to that next level, and when we don’t there’s going to be frustration,” Morey told ESPN. “I’m frustrated, our top players are frustrated, [coach] Mike D’Antoni is frustrated. We want to take the last step and be the champion and I think it’s good that there is tension in the sense that we all want to win.”
“Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has made his entire roster and future draft picks available in trade talks, a dramatic initiative with hopes of reshaping the team into a championship contender, league sources told ESPN,” Wojarowski reported.
Paul has a history of not being the easiest teammate to play with. Before landing in Houston in 2017, there was reportedly growing tensions between Paul and others in the Clippers organization, including star Blake Griffin.
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