There is turmoil in Houston between the Rockets two superstars in SG James Harden and PG Chris Paul, so much so that the latter has demanded a trade, per Yahoo! Sports Vincent Goodwill.
Goodwill says Harden and Paul's relationship has been termed "unsalvageable," and after the Rockets fell to the Warriors in the second round of the playoffs, Harden had a "him or me" talk with ownership.
"There's no respect at all, on either side," a source told Goodwill. "They need to get away from one another. Chris doesn't respect James' standing in the league, and James doesn't respect the work Chris has put in to this point."
Paul interjected under Bleacher Report's Instagram post about the news, saying "Damn! That's news to me..." with a shrug emoji.
If the Knicks were able to swing a deal for Paul, he should make the team much more attractive to veteran free agents looking to win now, like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, and others.
A nine-time All-Star, Paul has averaged 18.5 points and 9.7 assists per game during his 14-year career. After the Rockets acquired the veteran point guard from the Clippers in 2017, Paul signed a four-year, $160 million dollar deal with the Rockets in July 2018.
Paul is connected to Dennis Smith, as well. Both North Carolina natives, Paul has previously praised Smith's play. Smith even attended one of Paul's North Carolina summer camps growing up.