Chris Paul Speaks Publicly for First Time Since Rockets Trade Request Rumor

Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game Four
Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game Four / Tim Warner

Much has been said about the state of the Houston Rockets from outsiders, but the players rumored to be at the core of the beef have remained silent.

At least until now.

Chris Paul has broken his silence in regards to rumors that he requested a trade from the team.

"I never asked for a trade," he said via the Houston Chronicle. "I never demanded a trade..I'll be in Houston. I'm happy about that."

Paul's comments put a momentary respite on the notion the Rockets are undergoing a thermonuclear relationship meltdown with one of their top stars.

He's also vehemently denied that his relationship with franchise cornerstone James Harden is in a bad place.

Paul has been a valuable member of the Rockets during his two years with the team, averaging 17.1 points and 8 assists per game, while shooting 44.1 percent from the field.

He and Harden have been to the playoffs twice during their term as teammates, but they've yet to make the NBA Finals.

At least for the moment, though, it sounds as though they'll have another crack at things in the future. If any team out West is built to take down Golden State, it's Houston.