When the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired Chris Paul this offseason, the consensus around the NBA was that he’d be shipped to another team. As the days continue to pass, it’s starting to sound like the All-Star guard might remain on his current team.
On Wednesday, ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that Oklahoma City may keep Paul for the upcoming season. The front office has no desire to rush a blockbuster trade.
Most analysts believed that the Miami Heat would be the best destination for Paul. Although pairing him alongside Jimmy Butler would be intriguing, the odds of it actually happening aren’t too great.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Heat aren’t enthusiastic about acquiring Paul on the trade market. This is much different from their stance on Russell Westbrook, who the front office tried to strike a deal for earlier in the offseason.
Basically, Paul’s hefty contract wouldn’t give the Heat much flexibility for the next few years.
If Miami wants to be aggressive in upcoming free agencies, then passing on any trade involving Paul would be the correct move.
… Heat knew deal made no sense for them otherwise because it would have restricted 2021 flexibility. Level of enthusiasm for Paul inside the Heat has been far below level of enthusiasm for Westbrook before Westbrook was traded
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) July 17, 2019
Oklahoma City holds all the cards in this scenario, as it’ll decide whether to keep Paul or move him for the best offer.
At this point, it seems like Paul will be the starting point guard for the Thunder. And yet, it wouldn’t be too shocking if another big trade goes down this offseason.
Stay tuned for the latest involving CP3.