The Rockets suffered disappointment in the NBA Playoffs last season as they were once again unable to defeat the Golden State Warriors.
With not much room in cap space, they had no little chance of improving their roster with any of the top free agents.
But they pulled off one of the shock moves of the summer when they traded for Russell Westbrook to partner up once more with James Harden.
There had been murmurs throughout last season that Harden and Paul weren’t seeing eye-to-eye with reports suggesting the two had clashed in numerous occasions over their playing styles and personality.
But Morey has suggested despite that, Harden was still keen to see the Rockets keep Paul when the 2018 MVP became aware of talks of a trade for Westbrook.
“I mean, with James at a high (communication) level, and obviously he felt like (Westbrook) could be a good fit here,” he told The Athletic.
“He was curious if there was a way to do it where we could keep everyone and not have to give up anything (laughs).
“Unfortunately the math of the deal required Chris going out, unfortunately.”
When pressed if that meant Harden expressed a desire to keep Paul, Morey delved deeper into how truly involved the 30-year-old actually is.
“Yeah, because I mean his mind is always (going) first to ‘How (can we be) completely stacked?’ So I had to sort of explain,” Morey added.
“He gets it roughly, but obviously he leaves the details to us. Besides the high level (talks) where he thought that Russ would be a great fit here, there’s not a ton of interaction after that point.
“He knows there’s a back and forth, just like we respect what he does I think he respects what we do and he sort of leaves the execution to us.”
Westbrook has already picked up where he left off as a member of the Rockets by already notching up his first triple-double of the season in the win last time out against the New Orleans Pelicans.
He comes up against his former team on Monday when the Rockets host OKC.
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