But, in recent weeks, the possibility of snagging LeBron James is shrinking due to the chokehold their salary cap has on their flexibility.
To re-sign Chris Paul, Houston would have to distribute a max-contract to Paul in order to retain his services. Considering Chris Paul is now a 33-year-old, injury prone point guard, it's totally understandable why that would be the case. In fact, hamstring problems kept him out of the pivotal Game 6 and 7 versus the Golden State Warriors with the Rockets one win away from the Finals.
But according to Fox Sports' Chris Broussard, Rockets chiefs are now said to be reconsidering the deal given Paul's age - he turns 34 next May.
"From what I'm told, there is tension now between Houston and Chris Paul". "Because there was definitely some type of handshake, wink-wink, "we'll max you out" last summer". But here's the thing: Now, they're not so sure.
Paul is on the record as saying he loves it in Houston, but with his good friend LeBron James also a free agent, they could explore the idea of finally teaming up-with the Rockets or another team. Despite the excuse of having new ownership since then, it likely wouldn't sit well with Paul if Houston continues to struggle on following through on that promise.
In short, the complicated spending situation in Houston could lead to a departure from CP3 thus creating an already deep free agency class even deeper.
Paul, James Harden and Co. jelled and were the league's No. 2 offense in their first year together thanks to a perimeter-heavy attack. He nearly was in 2011 before the league infamously vetoed, the Rockets were also ironically involved in that deal, as they would have received Pau Gasol in the three-team deal.