The Rockets repeatedly pushed that no rift existed between James Harden and Chris Paul.

Chris Paul blew the lid right off the idea.

Paul said, since getting traded to the Thunder, he and Harden hadn’t really spoken. Paul also said Houston general manager Daryl Morey told him a few days before the deal that Paul wouldn’t be sent to Oklahoma City, adding an even more incriminating timeline to Morey’s public declaration he wouldn’t trade Paul. That only further undermines the trustworthiness of Morey, who led the charge of denying issues between Harden and Paul.

That gets us back to the previous question: Just how corrosive was tension between Harden and Paul?

Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated and Zach Lowe of ESPN discussed on the The Lowe Post podcast.