"I never asked for a trade," Paul said Sunday, according to the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen. "I never demanded a trade ... I'll be in Houston. I'm happy about that. I'm very happy about that."
The future Hall of Famer's contract could prove difficult to move in any case. He's owed $124 million over the next three seasons, including a player option in the final year. Paul's production is also beginning to slow somewhat; he posted career lows in scoring (15.6 points per game) and PER (19.7) this past season.