NBA trade rumors: Thunder hope to move Chris Paul quickly; Heat remain favorite

Chris Paul couldn’t stick to the Thunder for prolonged.

After the Rockets despatched the guard to Oklahoma City – along with two protected first-rounders in 2024 and 2026 – in trade for Russell Westbrook, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday on “Get Up” that the Thunder are working with the Heat on a deal. Wojnarowski offers that Oklahoma City is attempting to move Paul “as soon as they can” with the hope Paul is not going to “play a game in a Thunder uniform.”

ESPN initially reported Thursday that the Rockets had tried to comprise the third group of their trade with the Thunder in hopes of discovering Paul an additional applicable home.

The one hurdle that Oklahoma City could face in transferring Paul is the reality that the group would have to sort out Paul’s giant contract as a result of the 34-year-old has three years and $124 million remaining on his deal.

Paul, coming into his 15th season throughout the league, wants to be part of a gaggle that may in all probability be playoff contenders, fairly than a franchise (similar to the Thunder) that is rebuilding with youthful experience after transferring Paul George to the Clippers and Jerami Grant to the Nuggets, ESPN notes.

Paul struggled with accidents and had a down season all through 2018-19, averaging 15.6 elements with 8.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds by 58 begins for Houston.

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