Friday , January 22 2021

NBA: Rockets' Paul supposedly demanded trade



James Harden # 13 and Chris Paul # 3 of the Houston Rockets react to a call from the referee during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at the ORACLE Arena on May 8, 2019 in Oakland, California. Lachlan Cunningham, Getty Images / AFP

Rockets All-Star point guard Chris Paul wants to leave Houston, and his relationship with MVP candidate James Harden is "unrecoverable."

According to Yahoo Sports, Paul approached the administration to demand a trade after the season-ending loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals.

Moving Paul and his $ 124 million contract for three years will not be easy, although General Director Daryl Morey has been opened on commercial discussions involving all other players besides Harden in this offseason.

"It can not be fixed," a Yahoo Sports league source told the Harden-Paul partnership.

The gap between Paul and Harden became so severe that, after "almost two months" during the season, without speaking to each other, Harden followed suit with a lawsuit from him to Morey, Yahoo said on Tuesday.

In addition, Harden refused to communicate with Paul in this offseason, according to the report.

"There is no respect on either side," a source told Yahoo Sports. "They need to move away from each other. Chris does not respect James in the league, and James does not respect Chris's work at this point."

The Clint Chapel Center could also be traded by the Rockets, as did Eric Gordon or P.J. Tucker.

Chapel has signed a $ 90 million contract for five years prior to last season. Capela completed 25 years in May, after averaging 16.6, 12.7 rebounds (fifth in the NBA) and 1.5 blocks per game in 2018-19.

Among the teams believed to be interested in Capela are the New Orleans Pelicans, the Sacramento Kings, the Charlotte Hornets and the Portland Trail Blazers.

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