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Chris Paul has no desire to move on from the Houston Rockets and is, in fact, more focused on attempting to recruit close friend LeBron James to join him, according to a report.
“His focus has been to stay in Houston all along,” Adrian Wojnarowski on ESPN said. “Unless Houston blinked and sort of changed course on the kind of financial commitment, length of deal, that I think they thought they would do all along.
“They have shown no indication in Houston of not following through on the kind of big deal Chris Paul expected when he opted in and got traded there.”
According to @wojespn, Chris Paul isn't focused on his own free agency as much as he is bringing talent to Houston. "Somebody close to (Paul) said to me that he has his focus on recruiting LeBron (to Houston) as anything he's done in this league."
— ClutchFans (@clutchfans) June 19, 2018
Wojnarowski said Paul is indeed staying put and attempting to lure James, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1 should be decline his $35.6 million player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers by 11:59 p.m. on June 29.
“You know, Chris is going to return there,” he said. “Right now, his focus isn’t so much on his own free agency, he’s trying to recruit LeBron James to Houston. Somebody close to him said to me, ‘He is as focused on recruiting LeBron as anything he’s done in this league. He wants to find a way.'”
Paul has a like-minded partner in Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, according to Wojnarowski.
“You know Daryl Morey in Houston is always big-game hunting,” he said. “They love the ability to make changes with their roster and cap, be creative.
“If LeBron said he wanted to come to Houston, they can find a way to make it happen.”