The Golden State Warriors have experienced tremendous success in the past three seasons. They captured two Larry O'Brien Trophies and set a new record when they went 73-9 during the 2015-16 regular season. Despite all of this, they remain favorites in NBA trade rumors. Each year they are connected to prominent players that can help them become much more formidable.

A recent report by Tim Kawakami of The Athletic may have revealed the new batch of big names linked to the Golden State Warriors. One of them is Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul, who might be an impossible catch at the moment.

No CP3 for Dubs?

It is uncertain if the Golden State Warriors are interested in Chris Paul. Right now, this is just one of numerous NBA trade rumors circulating with the deadline fast approaching. But if the Dubs are serious in Paul, they may want to change their minds.

It is unlikely for the Houston Rockets to deal away "CP3" anytime soon because they sacrificed a lot to acquire him. In June, the Rockets gave up seven players (Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Lou Williams, and Kyle Wiltjer), a future first-rounder, and cash to the Los Angeles Clippers to complete the Chris Paul trade. The addition of Paul was a move they executed to compete with and try to defeat Golden State.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said several times that their focus is on beating the Warriors. Paul can help them with that goal. The 32-year-old veteran, together with franchise superstar James Harden, might even lead the Rockets to an NBA title in the future.

That is why they are expected to hold on to him for a long time.

Warriors versus Rockets

Setting aside NBA trade rumors, the matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets this season is fun to watch. The first game they played saw Chris Paul and the Rockets complete a comeback to win, 122-121. That opening night contest had a crazy ending.

With less than two seconds left on the game clock, Warriors superstar Kevin Durant had a chance to beat the buzzer for the victory. Durant evaded the defense of James Harden before taking a jump shot that went in. Unfortunately, it did not count since the ball was still in his hands when time ran out.

In the second meeting, Golden State made sure it was going to close the game on top. The Warriors outscored the Rockets in the second, third, and fourth quarter for a 124-114 finish. Houston did not have James Harden in that showdown though. Harden is on the sideline for two weeks due to a hamstring strain.