The Houston Rockets have held trade discussions sometimnes centered on veteran point guard Chris Paul, as well as center Clint Capela, heading into Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
There were three distinct instances last season where the emotions of Chris Paul and James Harden were running high: the Paul-Rajon Rondo spitting incident and subsequent brawl, the late-game collapse at Staples and ensuing Scott Foster controversy, and Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
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 situation is indeed bad, a source said, and the players are frustrated with the system and surprised that D'Antoni trusts Harden so much that he allows such leeway on the court. "We don't know. But you're hearing he wants out".
According to ESPN, there is more than frustration and tension.
Paul and Harden went almost two months without speaking to each other. "(Morey has aggressively shopped the Rockets under contract, including Paul and center Clint Capela, in the trade market.) And doubts linger about [owner Tilman] Fertitta, the inexperienced owner steering the ship through choppy waters while creating waves of his own". It marked the fourth time in the past five postseasons that the Rockets fell to the Warriors.
When asked if he would field calls on Paul, Morey said, "No, we want to add one more star to this team". "But he's not tradeable in a way that makes their team better".