The Houston Rockets are saying publicly that Chris Paul doesn’t want to be traded – nor will he be – though multiple reports confirm the contrary. Paul doesn’t want to be in Houston and the Rockets have reportedly explored moving him.
Paul, 34, is still a good point guard, but he’s incredibly highly paid (he’ll get roughly $40 million/year for the next three seasons) and has struggled to stay healthy.
Who would trade for him?
“The Knicks, probably,” joked a ton of NBA fans following the news of Paul’s trade request.
It turns out those jokes weren’t that far off, we just switched up the teams.
The Rockets reportedly tried to trade Paul to the Knicks, but New York – somewhat surprisingly – did the smart thing and said no.
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported the details:
The Rockets recently explored trading Chris Paul into New York’s cap space, but the Knicks refused, according to league sources. Trading Paul would have positioned the Rockets to be a Clint Capela or Eric Gordon trade away from freeing up the cap space to sign Jimmy Butler, who league sources say they plan to pursue.
The Rockets’ GM, Daryl Morey, has maintained that Houston will not be trading Paul, but at this point, who knows what to really believe.
Multiple NBA insiders continue to report that Paul wants out and, if that’s the case, the Rockets will likely continue to pursue trades.