CP3 demanded trade, has 'unsalvageable' relationship with Harden

Tanya Simon
June 19, 2019

Their relationship has been described as "unsalvageable", with Paul demanding a trade following Houston's elimination loss to the Golden State Warriors and Harden issuing a "him or me" ultimatum to Rockets management, league sources told Yahoo Sports' Vincent Goodwill.

"Damn! That's news to me..." he said.

Paul signed a four-year, $160 million deal with the Rockets during the 2018 offseason.

James Harden #13 and Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets react to a call by the referee during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 08, 2019 in Oakland, California.

Morey went so far as to ask the Houston Chronicle to "convey my disdain" in refuting a report that Paul had demanded a trade, saying, "It's so annoying at this point".

The Houston Rockets appear to need a change, and they may have just the free agent in mind to help them with that much.

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"We have two high-level competitors, Chris and James, who their only goal in life at this point is to win the title".

Harden, 29, is under contract with the Rockets until 2023, when he has a player option.

Harden averaged 36.1 points per game this season in 78 games, while Paul averaged 15.6 points and 8.2 assists in 58 games. "You always want to be able to win, I think that's key for sure".

Morey said that the two players, as well as himself and Rockets Coach Mike D'Antoni, were "all super competitive, all frustrated we were eliminated from the playoffs, all want to get over the hump".

Houston is "actively exploring the trade market for Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker" and is "operating under the belief that at least one of those three" players will not be on the team next season, according to an earlier report from the New York Times. "We're hoping to work things out for the future right now; if we don't, we're going to work it out after next season", he said.

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