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The Houston Rockets Could Trade One Of Their Stars

James Harden sitting on the bench with Chris Paul.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: James Harden #13 and Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets (R) talk on the bench in the first half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on November 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets were one game short of the NBA Finals in 2018 and pushed the Golden State Warriors to six games in the Western Conference semifinals this year. Apparently, they're still searching for a way to get over the hump.

According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Houston general manager Daryl Morey is exhibiting an "aggressive desire" to improve the team's roster. Save for dealing mega-star James Harden, it doesn't seem like anything is off the table.

That includes dealing star point guard Chris Paul. The 34-year-old Paul still has three years remaining on his whopping four-year, $160-million contract extension and is signed through the 2021-22 season.

Paul's contract would make him quite difficult to trade.

This season, Paul averaged 15.6 points, 8.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. His scoring and shooting percentages took a significant dip.

Houston might be better off without Paul moving forward, but finding a suitable replacement and a willing trade partner is going to be a tough task.

Houston finished 53-29 in the regular season and earned the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. Houston took down the Utah Jazz in five games in the first round before losing to Golden State in Round Two.