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New Chris Paul Trade Rumors Swirling Before NBA Season

A closeup of Chris Paul during a game.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20: Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets reacts to his basket in a 124-115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Chris Paul was part of an insane trade during the offseason that resulted in the Houston Rockets pairing Russell Westbrook with James Harden. As a result, the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired the 34-year-old point guard.

Right now, the Thunder are prepared to play Paul this season. Regardless of all the talk about him declining, the veteran guard averaged 15.6 points and 8.2 assists per game last year.

Although Oklahoma City still has Paul on its roster, the front office could actually trade him in the near future.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Miami Heat are most likely going to engage in trade talks after the season begins.

Miami had interest in Paul earlier in the offseason, but the two teams couldn't come to an agreement due to draft compensation.

The Heat signed Jimmy Butler to a long-term deal in free agency and would love to pair another star with him.

With the Eastern Conference expected to be weaker than last year, it makes sense for the Heat to acquire Paul. It's also a logical move for the Thunder since it would give them more picks to help their rebuilding process.

There is still $121 million remaining on Paul's contract, which could cause an issue during trade negotiations.