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Things aren’t looking great in Houston. After a report that Chris Paul had requested a trade from the Rockets following the fourth time in five years that the Rockets were ousted from the playoffs by the Golden State Warriors, more news has emerged on the Houston front.
According to Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, the relationship between Paul and James Harden has been deemed, “unsalvageable,” by a league source, who said that Harden has ignored every attempt by Paul to communicate since the end of the season, and didn’t talk for a full two months during the season. Harden reportedly told the Houston front office to trade either him or Paul following the Western Conference Semifinals loss to the Warriors.
According to one of Goodwill’s sources, “There’s no respect at all, on either side. They need to get away from one another. Chris doesn’t respect James’ standing in the league, and James doesn’t respect the work Chris has put in to this point.”
Paul, of course, signed a four-year, $160 million deal last offseason, which will pay him $38.5 million next season, and roughly $125 million over the next three years.
According to another source familiar with the relationship, “It can’t be fixed.”