Report: Rockets’ backcourt at odds; Paul requests trade

Rockets guards Chris Paul, left, and James Harden seemingly are no longer seeing eye to eye.

The relationship between Houston Rockets guards James Harden and Chris Paul is “unsalvageable,” and Paul has demanded a trade, sources told Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports.

Per Goodwill, Paul made his trade demand following the Rockets’ loss to the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Paul and Harden reportedly went two months without speaking to each other.

“Harden hasn’t returned Paul’s repeated attempts at communicating this offseason, sources said, after a year in which the pair repeatedly got under each other’s skin with petty acts in practices and games,” Goodwill reported.

One source told Goodwill that Paul and Harden do not respect each other.

“They need to get away from one another,” the source told Goodwill. “Chris doesn’t respect James’ standing in the league, and James doesn’t respect the work Chris has put in to this point.”

The Rockets are believed to have had trade talks recently that include Paul and center Clint Capela.

Actually, per multiple reports, the Rockets have made everyone but star guard Harden available. Meanwhile, general manager Daryl Morey has maintained that the core of the team will not be dealt.

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