Harden, Paul relationship 'unsalvageable'

Florence Fletcher
June 20, 2019

Per Goodwill, Paul made his trade demand following the Rockets' loss to the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.

That story's claim that Paul and other Rockets players were frustrated by a Houston offense that they thought ran far too many isolation plays for Harden was echoed in subsequent media accounts, including the Yahoo Sports report Tuesday and one published by ESPN the day before.

"It can't be fixed", another source told Goodwill.

Harden reportedly has not responded to any of Paul's attempts to communicate with him this offseason.

Paul would love to be traded, but his contract makes that hard. Not only that, but everyone with the exception of Harden is reportedly on the trade block.

The alleged trade demand and the eye-opening description of the relationship between Harden and Paul were both featured in a report by Yahoo Sports, one that included a source telling the website, "There's no respect at all, on either side".

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The Rockets are believed to have had trade talks recently that include Paul and center Clint Capela.

Rumours of a feud between the two guards is nothing new and Morey addressed the situation on Monday. "There was the one report yesterday that it got so bad in practice going back two years ago that Chris Paul was making fun of James' manboobs in practice - to the point that he broke down in tears and had to leave practice", said Bayless. "I think it's good that there is tension in the sense that we all want to win", the GM said.

"I'm very frustrated right now", he added.

Despite all of this chaos within the organization, general manager Daryl Morey remains committed to maintaining the Rockets as a contender.

With an even more wide-open Western Conference than was previously thought possibly, teams are shoring up their rosters to take a stab at reaching the National Basketball Association finals next season. He led the league in scoring, averaging 36.1 points, 7.5 assists, 6.6 rebounds on 44% shooting from the field in 78 games.

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