The NBA already had a bunch of intriguing storylines to follow this offseason, and yet it gained another this afternoon. Reports emerged on Tuesday that Chris Paul has demanded a trade from the Houston Rockets.
Despite making back-to-back runs in the NBA Playoffs, the report states that Paul's relationship with James Harden is the main issue. However, Paul went on Instagram to deny the report, saying "Damn! That’s news to me."
It's too early to tell if Houston will deal Paul elsewhere this summer, but in the event general manager Daryl Morey pulls the trigger on a trade, it doesn't sound like he'd receive much in return.
According to NBA insider Shams Charania, the current market for Paul isn't too encouraging at the moment. He spoke about the lack of interest regarding Paul on CBS Sports' Time to Schein.
"There's not a team in the league right now that is like 'I'm going to trade for Chris Paul.' Even some teams that they've called as just a dump, like 'We'll give you Chris Paul for free,' those teams are like 'No, we're good.' The value is just not there right now," Charania said.
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Paul averaged 15.6 points and 8.2 assists per game this past season. He did elevate his play in the postseason, but it wasn't enough to lead the Rockets over the Warriors.
The issue for any team that has interest in Paul is that they'd have to pay the remaining $124 million on his contract.
We'll continue to provide updates on all the trade rumors involving Paul.