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Chris Paul opens up about issues with Daryl Morey, Rockets

Chris Paul has made it clear multiple times that he was not thrilled with how the deal that shipped him to the Oklahoma City Thunder went down.

Recent comments from the veteran point guard, however, suggest that he still has some lingering animosity for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

Paul admitted in December that he was “shocked” by the trade in which the Rockets and Thunder exchanged him for Russell Westbrook. In a recent interview with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks for “Take It There,” Paul opened up again about how Morey assured him that he would not be dealt to the Thunder.

“When the stuff happened with the Rockets I just wasn’t happy about how stuff went down,” Paul said. “I know it’s a business. You gotta go what you gotta do. But we’re adults, we can communicate. I had just had a conversation with [Morey] just a few days before that and he was like, ‘We ain’t gonna trade you to Oklahoma.’ He asked me, ‘Do you want to go there?’ and I said, ‘No, not at this point of my career.’ He said, ‘Alright, I won’t trade you there because you chose to come to us from L.A. That was that. But now, he don’t owe me nothing.”

Even before the trade was made, there were signs that things weren’t working out for Paul in Houston. Reports surfaced that Paul and James Harden had a heated verbal exchange after the Rockets were eliminated by the Warriors in the postseason. The case can be made that the writing was on the wall from that point forward that the Rockets had to make a change.

It certainly sounds like Paul still harbors some resentment over how things played out, but it seems like he isn’t inclined to dwell on it forever. Perhaps helping Paul move forward from the situation is how the Thunder have been one of the bigger surprises this season by posting a 36-22 record that slots them sixth in the competitive Western Conference.