Rockets GM Dary Morey hopeful that Chris Paul will be in for the long haul
Houston’s general manager Daryl Morey, speaking with Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver, opens up about his thoughts on Paul being with the team beyond next summer, when the superstar guard’s current contract expires.
“We’ve had high-level discussions [with Paul about his future],” Morey told The Crossover, noting that Harden’s recent $228 million extension provides a “signaling aspect” to other stars that Houston caters to its marquee players. “[Paul] hopes to continue with Houston. He likes the team, the organization and the city. In terms of him actually signing long-term, that’s something that won’t be decided until next year.”
Paul was acquired by the Rockets in a blockbuster trade with the L.A. Clippers this summer, instantly giving Houston one of the best backcourt duos in the league with James Harden already in tow. The Wake Forest product will be paid a handsome amount of $24,599,495 this season but considering his tenure in the league and his perceived value on the floor, he could’ve gotten around $10 million more if he were a free agent.
With Harden inking a monstrous contract extension this summer, Paul has his reason to expect he’ll be treated the same when his turn to negotiate comes next year. Paul averaged 18.1 points and 9.2 assists in 61 games for the Clippers last season.
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