According to previous reports, Paul allegedly asked the Rockets to trade him after Houston lost to the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. However, when asked about the rumored trade request, the 34-year-old said that he never demanded for a trade.
“I never asked for a trade,” Paul told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. “I never demanded a trade.”
Paul, who has spent the past two seasons with the Rockets, added that he expects himself to remain in Houston. He insisted that he is very happy with the team at this point of his career. Nonetheless, Paul declined to directly address his reported “rift” with James Harden and emphasized that his move to the team is all about winning the NBA title.
“I’ll be in Houston,” Paul added. “I’m happy about that. I’m very happy about that. I’m good.”
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey also debunked the rumored trade request from Paul, saying that it is “ridiculous” and “definitely not true.” The veteran GM said that that the tension between Paul and Harden during their series against the Warriors is not concerning at all because both superstars just wanted to win badly.