The situation between James Harden and Chris Paul has been termed "unsalvageable" by sources who spoke with Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo! Sports. Both Harden and Paul have gone to the Rockets wanting to part ways.
Paul demanded a trade from the Rockets while Harden issued a "him or me" edict.
Paul and Harden went nearly two months without speaking to each other. Harden hasn't returned Paul's attempts at communicating since the end of their season.
“There’s no respect at all, on either side,” a source told Yahoo Sports. “They need to get away from one another. Chris doesn’t respect James’ standing in the league, and James doesn’t respect the work Chris has put in to this point.”
Paul signed a four-year, $160 million deal with the Rockets during the 2018 offseason.
Paul was frustrated with Harden's ball-dominant style while Harden has been annoyed by Paul's injury absences and grating personality.
“It can’t be fixed,” another league source said.
Daryl Morey went on the record to deny that Paul has approached him with a trade demand.
"Tweet that I said that. Print it. Tweet it twice," said Morey.