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Chris Paul Denies Report of Trade Request

Chris Paul Denies Report of Trade Request

Just one year removed from being within a game of an NBA Finals appearance, there are reports that stars James Harden and Chris Paul are clashing, both on and off court.

Bleacher Report shared the report on IG which apparently caught the eye of Chris Paul who commented playfully, "Damn!"

Goodwill had previously reported that the two players no longer were willing to play alongside one another.

According to Yahoo Sports, per a source, Harden and Paul "went almost two months without speaking to each other during the season".

Asked if Paul or his representatives had asked that he be traded, Morey said, "No. Chris doesn't respect James' standing in the league, and James doesn't respect the work Chris has put in to this point", a source told Yahoo.

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Paul would love to be traded, but his contract makes that hard. Daryl Morey, Mike D'Antoni, James Harden, and the rest of the Houston Rockets would be vindicated with a championship, but unfortunately for them, their Game 5 win to go up 3-2 came at a tremendous cost, they lost Chris Paul for the rest of the series as he injured his hamstring.

Paul, 34, still has three years and around $124 million remaining on his contract - a massive deal that would make trading him hard. Thanks to Butler's play this season, he will certainly be one of the biggest draws out there and it appears as though one team, in particular, will be doing everything it can to get the player on their squad.

Later that day, Morey directly refuted the report that Paul requested a trade, and said he's been in contact with both him and Harden about the team's free agency plans and immediate future.

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

Morey told Feigen that he knows Paul is coming back, per conversations they've had.