Chris Paul Flatly Denies Report of Damaged Relationship With James Harden

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 18:  Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets and James Harden #13 talk after comeing out of  time out against the Minnesota Timberwolves during Game Two of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs at Toyota Center on April 18, 2018 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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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.