The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired Chris Paul in tonight’s blockbuster deal with the Houston Rockets, but they might not be the final destination for the perennial All-Star.
Paul will likely be best utilized playing on a winning team, and the Thunder seem to be committed to a full rebuild. This has caused speculation at the veteran point guard might be on the move again.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Miami Heat are a potential landing spot for Paul. The Heat had previously been mentioned as being interested in trading for Westbrook.
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
The Athletic’s Sam Amick confirmed this possibility, saying that if Paul wants to team up with Jimmy Butler in Miami, Oklahoma City would be amenable to making a deal work.
The Thunder have eight additional first-round picks to include in a deal, as Wojnarowski hinted at.
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
Paul averaged 15.6 points, 8.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game in 58 games this season.
He is a nine-time All-Star and eight-time All-NBA player.