After a second consecutive disappointing Western Conference Semifinals exit, the Phoenix Suns find themselves looking for a change. The Suns went all-in and made a major midseason move to land Kevin Durant, just three years after making the decision to trade for former Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul.
Paul and the Suns reached the NBA Finals in their first year and have regressed ever since. And according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon, the Suns could potentially be ready to end the experiment, as the Suns are open to moving him.
And it's been discussed ad nauseum that the Houston Rockets need a floor general. In Paul, the Rockets would land one of the best point guards in NBA history, as the Point God is the last of a dying breed of true point guards.
But would he want to come back to the Rockets? Granted, he last played here four years ago, so any sort of bad blood that existed between him and the franchise would surely be gone by now, right?
And Paul's biggest beef was with James Harden, who is also no longer here and wouldn't be coming here if Paul were to return, obviously. Also, Harden's long-time running mate Daryl Morey isn't here anymore either.
Would Chris Paul want a return to the Houston Rockets?
Granted, Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta is still at the helm and Fertitta reportedly thought Paul's four-year $160 contract was one of the worst deals in all of sports, but was he wrong at the time? Surely not.
Paul himself realized the need for change, as he decided to change his diet altogether, opting for more of a plant-based approach. Would he have changed his routine if he felt his game didn't need any tweaking?
Also, it's important to note, Paul doesn't exactly have a say so in where he goes, as he's under contract for two more years (much like how he didn't have a say so in the Rockets shipping him to the Oklahoma City Thunder). Paul's contract is slated to pay him $60 million over the next two years, with only $15.8 million guaranteed.
That is the epitome of a team-friendly deal. So whether Paul isn't thrilled about the idea of returning to Houston, he doesn't have the ability to stop it from happening.
And he shouldn't have an issue with ownership, so long as he gets his money that he already agreed to the terms of.