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James Harden Has Reportedly Been "Communicating" With Another NBA Star

James Harden making a funny face.

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates after a basket during their game against the Toronto Raptors at the Toyota Center on February 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey shot down any Chris Paul trade rumors today, saying that his team is looking to add a third star this summer, not trade one away.

Of course, with Paul, James Harden and Clint Capela all on big contracts, the Rockets aren't in position to sign a max free agent into cap space.

It could be possible, though, for Houston to work out a sign-and-trade, like they did with the Clippers when Chris Paul decided to leave.

That third star could reportedly be Jimmy Butler.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reported today that Harden and Butler have been "communicating."

"I've been hearing that James Harden himself and Jimmy Butler have been communicating, tremendously so. That's something that Jimmy Butler will consider, ultimately going to Houston," he said today.

Butler, 29, is a Houston native, and the Rockets have long been mentioned as a possible landing spot for the four-time NBA All-Star.

Houston reportedly attempted to trade for Butler last offseason, before the Timberwolves moved him to the Sixers.

Butler is one of several star players set to hit free agency this summer. The star guard has a player option for 2019-20, though he's reportedly expected to decline it.