The Fox Sports analyst spoke of the report that the Rockets are aiming to do a sign-and-trade with the Philadelphia 76ers in order to land Butler, saying that the potential move wouldn't make any sense:
"Jimmy Butler and Chris Paul in the same locker room… it could be World War III in that locker room. This makes no sense whatsoever."@Chris_Broussard on reports the Rockets think they can land Jimmy Butler pic.twitter.com/7F2ikkxXbc
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) June 26, 2019
Broussard is 100 percent right.
If James Harden and Chris Paul aren't working together, what makes the Rockets think that adding a third ball-dominant star (who isn't a very good perimeter shooter, by the way) will suddenly make things better?
It's clear that the Harden-Paul experiment in Houston has been a failure. Yes, the Rockets won 65 games and came within one win of the NBA Finals a year ago, and if Paul didn't get hurt in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, who knows what would have happened, but this team got very stale very fast.
Houston won 53 games this season, a massive step back from 2018. The Rockets were then bounced by the Warriors in the second round of the playoffs, losing Game 6 with Kevin Durant sidelined (not to mention Game 5 with Durant out for most of the second half).
Now, there have been reports of Harden and Paul not getting along, with rumors recently stating that Paul wanted out of Houston because he could not stand playing with Harden any longer.
Adding Butler into the equation doesn't seem like a great idea, especially when you take into account the fact that Butler has a very checkered history in terms of his locker room presence.