Following another defeat at the hands of the Warriors during the Western Conference playoffs, the Rockets knew something had to give.
The Chris Paul/James Harden experiment was built with the purpose of beating the Dubs. But in two seasons, it became clear that the sum of Pual and Harden would not be enough to overcome their rivals.
Unfortunately, it was CP3 who ended up being the odd man out in the weeks that followed. He was exiled from the team and sent to Oklahoma City, where the veteran point guard is doomed to spend the rest of his days playing near the bottom of the West.
To make matters worse for the 34-year-old star, Houston GM Daryl Morey initially promised not to send him to the Thunder.
“My initial reaction?” Paul said to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “I was shocked. Truth be told, I just talked to Daryl a couple days before the trade and he said he wasn’t going to trade me [to Oklahoma City]. That’s funny because that is going to be the alert that pops up on everybody’s phone because nobody knows that. But what the hell, I just said it.”
Indeed, a broken promise by one of the league's most esteemed GM's is about as noteworthy as it gets. Despite it likely being a commonality in the NBA nowadays, it's really not a good look for Morey.
After pulling a similar stunt with Carmelo Anthony, it seems that the Rockets will just tell whatever they want their players to hear, whether it's the truth or not.
Chris Paul found out the hard way, unfortunately.