Thunder could send Chris Paul to Heat – reports
MANILA, Philippines – From a perennial title contender to a rebuilding team.
Chris Paul got the short end of the stick when he was traded by the Houston Rockets along with some draft picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook.
The Rockets seemed to be the best chance for Paul, now 34, to add that elusive NBA title to his resume, but instead, he found himself dealt to a Thunder squad that will start from scratch following the trade of Westbrook and Paul George.
However, several reports state that Paul and his agent Leon Rose will be meeting with Thunder general manager Sam Presti to talk about the potential of the nine-time All-Star finding another destination – possibly the Miami Heat.
Houston hoped to find third-team destination preferable to Chris Paul, but ultimately leaves it OKC to execute next step once Presti confers w/ CP3 agent Leon Rose. Miami remains possibility for Paul (3 years, $124M) -- and OKC obviously has picks to incentivize deal, if needed.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019
Source, to the @TheAthletic: Chris Paul's agent, Leon Rose, will talk to OKC GM Sam Presti in the coming days to determine what's next. If CP wants to go to Miami to join Jimmy Butler, it's clear there's a deal to be done there. The Thunder would engage and have interest.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 12, 2019
A caveat, though, is that Paul still has 3 years and $132 million left in his contract.
If the Heat are willing to pay him to pair him up with Jimmy Butler, they could contend in the Eastern Conference, which is now wide open thanks to Kawhi Leonard leaving reigning NBA champions Toronto Raptors.
Despite entering the twilight of his career, Paul has averaged impressive numbers of 18.5 points, 9.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.2 steals over stops with the New Orleans Hornets, the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Rockets. – Rappler.com