Paul, Rockets may be having some tension over contract

It has been presumed Chris Paul will sign a five-year max deal with the Houston Rockets this summer.

Acquired last summer in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul had a fine first season in Houston but was again plagued by injuries, as evidenced by the fact he missed the Games 6 and 7 of the Western Conference Finals against eventual champion Golden State because of an injured right hamstring. The Rockets led that series, 3-2, when Paul suffered the injury late in Game 5.

However, since then, Tilman Fertitta bought the Rockets, which could wind up complicating contract negotiations with Paul.

Appearing on FS1’s “Undisputed,” NBA insider Chris Broussard of FOX Sports said there is tension between Paul and the Rockets regarding his contract situation.

“From what I’m told, there is tension now between Houston and Chris Paul. There was definitely some type of handshake, wink-wink, we’re going to max you out last summer,” he said. “Now, they’re not so sure. Houston, with good reason, doesn’t want to do that. They have an out because they have new ownership. So (general manager) Daryl Morey can go to Chris Paul and be like ‘I want to do it, but we’ve got the new owner and he doesn’t want to give you five years.'”

Which could send what is expected by most to be a wild and wacky NBA offseason — highlighted by what LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers decides to do — even more unpredictable.

“Could Chris and LeBron go to the Lakers? Can Chris Paul go elsewhere? Which would open up Houston,” Broussard said. “I don’t think LeBron would go there with them doing that to Chris Paul and he doesn’t want to be there long-term.

“I’m told LeBron hasn’t made a decision yet because there are so many moving parts.”