On Thursday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded star point guard Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets.
According to a report from ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti worked with Westbrook to send him to his desired location: playing alongside James Harden.
In return, the Thunder received point guard Chris Paul, two first-round draft picks and two pick swaps.
Now, the Thunder are reportedly working to trade Paul and his significant contract.
Multiple reports suggested the Miami Heat were the favorite to land the All-Star point guard. However, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald revealed Miami is not aggressively pursuing Paul.
“Per league source, Heat doing due diligence on Chris Paul, but there is no aggressive pursuit on Heat’s part, unlike efforts to get Westbrook before his trade yesterday,” Jackson reported.
Per league source, Heat doing due diligence on Chris Paul, but there is no aggressive pursuit on Heat's part, unlike efforts to get Westbrook before his trade yesterday
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) July 12, 2019
Miami was in pursuit of Russell Westbrook before the Thunder shipped him to Houston.
Now Miami appears to be the only suitor for an aging Chris Paul. The All-Star point guard has $124 million left on his contract, spread over three years.
A report from Adrian Wojnarowski revealed the Thunder hope to trade Paul “as soon as possible.”
It looks like that might not happen as soon as the Thunder want.