Chris Paul wants out of Houston, relationship with James Harden deemed ‘unsalvageable’

Chris Paul Rockets Tilman Fertitta

Chris Paul Rockets Tilman Fertitta

There is friction between James Harden and Chris Paul, the franchise's two maximum-salary centerpieces.

General manager Daryl Morey has said he does not intend to trade Paul, but several opposing GMs have told Amico Hoops they can say for certain the Rockets are at least kicking the tires on potential Paul trades.

The Rockets had the best record in the National Basketball Association in 2017-18, the first year Paul and Harden were teammates.

"No, Chris Paul does not want to be traded", Morey said.

"In the end, it's this: With Kevin Durant out, with Klay Thompson out for most of the season, one could argue the Houston Rockets now have a window to get to the NBA Finals", Smith said. "Chris doesn't respect James' standing in the league, and James doesn't respect the work Chris has put in to this point".

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Paul was frustrated with Harden's ball-dominant style while Harden has been annoyed by Paul's injury absences and grating personality.

Houston easily handled the Jazz in the opening round of the playoffs but then bowed out in the second round to the Warriors, victims of ending up on the same side of the playoff bracket as Golden State.

Paul, 34, is owed almost $125 million over the next three years and is set to make $38.5 million next season.

Paul and Harden reportedly don't see eye-to-eye in terms of how Houston's offense should run.

Morey has been shopping Paul and others in an attempt to revamp the roster, but Paul's contract, which calls for him to earn $38.5 million, $41.3 million and $44.2 million the next three seasons, is hard for other teams to swallow.

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