The pressure was mounting for the Houston Rockets, and …

The pressure was mounting for the Houston Rockets, and Russell Westbrook’s frustration was simmering, thus creating this alliance between old teammates and current friends, a marriage of desperation. No contract is untradable in the NBA — not even Chris Paul’s — and with James Harden using his influence to force dramatic change, this seemed somewhat inevitable even if it doesn’t make the most basketball sense for the Houston Rockets. “James made this [expletive] happen,” a league source told Yahoo Sports. “He wanted Chris up out of there.”
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