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Report: ‘Tension’ exists between Chris Paul, Rockets over contract

The Houston Rockets and Chris Paul reportedly are at odds over the point guard’s upcoming contract, with FS1’s Chris Broussard reporting that “tension” exists between the parties.

Paul sacrificed over $10 million to help effectuate a trade from the Clippers to the Rockets, as he could have played last season in L.A. and became a free agent this summer. Broussard insinuates in his comments that there was some kind of informal agreement between Paul and the Rockets that he would receive a max deal this offseason.

“From what I’m told, there is tension now between Houston and Chris Paul,” Broussard said on Friday’s “Undisputed” show. “Because there was definitely some type of handshake, wink wink, ‘we’re going to max you out’ last summer. But here’s the thing: Now, they’re not so sure. Houston, with good reason, doesn’t want to do that. But they’ve got an out, because they have new ownership. So, Daryl Morey can go to Chris Paul and be like, “I want to do it, but we’ve got the new owner doesn’t want to give you five years, four years.”

Rumor has it Paul is not inclined to offer Rockets a discount on a new contract and is seeking a max deal. At 33 years old, Paul’s next contract is presumably the last chance for him to get a huge payday. As noted by Pro Basketball Talk, Paul’s max projects to be approximately $205 million on a five-year deal.

With that in mind, Paul’s expected max deal would end at age 38 which obviously is up there in years for a point guard. It’s unlikely, although not impossible, that Paul would be worth that kind of money in the final years of the deal. It’s understandable that particular component, among others, including his injury history, could cause the Rockets to be a little leery.