Chris Paul Flatly Denies Report of Damaged Relationship With James Harden

Minnesota Timberwolves v Houston Rockets - Game Two
Minnesota Timberwolves v Houston Rockets - Game Two / Bob Levey

If you were to believe all the latest reports that have flooded social media in the of late, apparently Houston Rockets superstars James Harden and Chris Paul were constantly at each other's throats this season, with CP3 apparently demanding a trade after the relationship became "unsalvageable."

Paul himself was quick to shoot those rumors down on Instagram, where he derided all this reporting as "news to him." So, whom do you believe in all this?

If Paul were frustrated with Harden's supremely ball-dominant style of play or Mike D'Antoni's annual playoff choke job, it would be somewhat justified. Which headstrong 34-year-old point guard chasing a ring is going to be 100% satisfied to always take a back seat to a guy who shoots the ball 35 times every game? To hear him tell it, however, everything's fine.

All told, the fact that he's still owed $121 million over the next three seasons, I hope he didn't sell his property in Houston just yet.

Where there's smoke, there's fire. Unless, of course, Yahoo Sports completely whiffed on this one, which does seem unlikely. Even with CP3 doing his best to squash rumors of irreconcilable unrest, a move elsewhere should totally be ruled out yet for a Rockets team that has plateaued over the last couple years.