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Rockets GM Addresses The Chris Paul Trade Rumors

A closeup of Chris Paul during a Houston Rockets game.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets looks on during the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets had a disappointing finish to their 2018-19 season, falling to the Kevin Durant-less Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals, leading some to speculate about the future of the roster. Chris Paul and his mega-contract were rumored to be on the trading block.

In a recent podcast appearance, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey dismissed the idea that Paul wanted a trade or that the Rockets would even consider one. He even made it clear that the team was looking to add a star for the 2019-20 season, not subtract one.

Houston will be hard-pressed to land a star to augment their roster, though. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Kawhi Leonard are all being heavily recruited by the New York and Los Angeles teams. The Rockets have no major cap space barring a surprising move, as well.

As for Paul, he is heading into the second year of a four-year, $159 million contract.

The 33-year-old point guard is coming off a career-low in points per game with 15.6 in 58 starts. He also posted a career-low in field goal percentage.

As of this past weekend, the Rockets had the third-highest odds of winning the 2020 NBA Finals. But one would imagine those odds might drop a bit even if they gave up Chris Paul for draft picks.

The Rockets had the fourth-best record in the Western Conference last year but were beaten by the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Western Conference Semifinals.