SportFour most likely Chris Paul trade scenarios
Thunder reportedly will look to trade Chris Paul
Spending the remainder of his career on a rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder team cannot be what Chris Paul had in mind. Paul was traded to OKC on Thursday as part of a shocking deal that sent Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for a pair of first-round picks and two pick swaps. The Thunder have dealt away Paul George and Westbrook over the last week, accumulated draft picks, and are in clear rebuilding mode. They have no use for an aging point guard like Paul, who would prefer to compete for a championship.
The Oklahoma City Thunder might have added Chris Paul in the blockbuster Russell Westbrook trade on Thursday, but he’s not going to be in OKC for too long.
Oklahoma City is already looking to move Paul with a number of potential suitors, including the Miami Heat.
It’s in this that we look at the four most likely Chris Paul trade scenarios.
Chris Paul and Steven Adams to the Heat for Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow, James Johnson, Dion Waiters and a first-round pick
Rumor: Chris Paul would’ve had to decline $44M player option to facilitate trade to Heat
He'd obviously rather stay with Thunder
Paul has been linked to the Heat since being traded from Houston on Thursday. It makes sense. Miami was in play for Russell Westbrook and wants to find an upgrade at point guard next to the recently acquired Jimmy Butler.
Contracts would also match up big time in this scenario with Miami adding a starting center in Steven Adams to replace Hassan Whiteside. In return, Oklahoma City adds a core piece in Winslow as well as yet another first-round pick.
Chris Paul to the Magic for Aaron Gordon, Markelle Fultz and D.J. Augustin
At just 23 years old, Gordon could be a core piece in Oklahoma City with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. That’s the equivalent of receiving multiple first-round picks. The forward averaged 16.0 points and 7.4 rebounds last season. Meanwhile, taking a chance on Fultz as they start anew with a rebuild would not be a bad thing for the Thunder.
Report: Heat would need to be ‘overwhelmed’ to take Chris Paul contract
The Miami Heat have frequently been linked as a possibility to take Chris Paul’s contract off Oklahoma City’s hands, but new reporting indicates that possibility is remote. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Heat will do “due diligence” on Paul, but their interest is not strong and they would have to be “absolutely overwhelmed” to take on the remaining three years and $124 million on his contract. According to Jackson, the Heat would be enticed if the Thunder took on multiple bad contracts while also sending Miami multiple first-round picks. With Oklahoma City more interested in stockpiling draft picks, this possibility appears very unlikely.
As for the Magic, they are looking to contend right now after making a surprise trip to the playoffs last season. Teaming Paul up with Nikola Vucevic would form a potent one-two punch. That’s for sure.
Chris Paul to the Mavericks for Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, Justin Jackson and first-round pick
AP source: Russell Westbrook going to Rockets for Chris Paul
LAS VEGAS (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, a shake up of top point guards and a move that reunites Westbrook with James Harden. The Thunder also are getting first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, plus the right to swap first-rounders in two other seasons, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the trade has not been announced. ESPN first reported the agreement.
It’s not a secret that owner Mark Cuban and the Mavericks are looking for a point guard to team up with Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic. They might have added a solid one in Delon Wright, but he’s more of a combo guard. Paul would come in and be able to run the offense immediately.
In this scenario, Dallas sends the expiring contracts of Hardaway Jr. and Lee. As a way to entice Oklahoma City, the Mavs add a first-round pick and a young wing in Justin Jackson. It’s a win-win for both sides.
Chris Paul to the Chicago Bulls for Otto Porter Jr., Kris Dunn and a first-round pick
Details of Chris Paul-James Harden playoff argument revealed
James Harden and Chris Paul clearly did not get along well during their time together with the Houston Rockets, and the issues may have come to a boil after they lost their playoff series to the Golden State Warriors this year. Numerous reports claimed the two superstars had an argument in the locker room after the Rockets were eliminated, but the bickering apparently started on the court. In a recent episode of his podcast, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst revealed some of what Harden and Paul said to one another during that Golden State series.
Is Chicago potentially set to contend for a playoff spot this coming season? We certainly wouldn’t put it past the talented young team. Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Coby White represent a tremendous core. If the Bulls were able to add Paul to the mix, they’d have to be seen as a playoff team.
NBA Rumors: Heat Could Be In Play For Chris Paul After Trade To OKC
The NBA continues to win the sports headlines and on Thursday night, the league once again proved that when the Oklahoma City Thunder traded longtime guard Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for point guard Chris Paul and another set of first round picks and pick swaps. The Thunder are offically in rebuild mode, after the Westbrook and Paul George trades, while the Western Conferene continues to stack superstars. While the free agent market is drying up, Paul is now focus as it is expected that he will not spend a minute in Oklahoma City as the team would likely to try to dump his hefty salary.
This trade includes Oklahoma City netting what could potentially be a gold mine of an unprotected first-round pick from Chicago. Porter Jr. and Dunn are simply to make the salaries work.
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Harden pushes back against report of rift with Paul.
The Rockets’ blockbuster trade to acquire Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this month had so many backstories. Among them, Chris Paul heads to OKC in the deal after reports of a rift between him and James Harden. While Paul has pushed back against said reports in the past, Harden has been quiet. That’s until now. James Harden (@JHarden13) on all the negative stories about he and Chris Paul (@CP3): "It was a lot of false talk..All the negative media stuff..It wasn't true..Chris has been unbelievable." #Rocketspic.twitter.
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