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SportReport: Heat still listening but not 'actively pursuing' Chris Paul

20:20  16 july  2019
20:20  16 july  2019 Source:   hoopsrumors.com

Thunder reportedly will look to trade Chris Paul

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.

Heat won't close door if that changes, but this is OKC trying to move Paul , not Heat actively pursuing player. Oklahoma City acquired Paul , along with two first-round selections and two pick swaps, from the Rockets last week in exchange for Russell Westbrook.

Heat won't close door if that changes, but this is OKC trying to move Paul , not Heat actively pursuing player. Oklahoma City acquired Paul , along with two first-round selections and two pick swaps, from the Rockets last week in exchange for Russell Westbrook.

Report: Heat still listening but not 'actively pursuing' Chris Paul© Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports The blockbuster trade between the Thunder and Rockets that will send Russell Westbrook to Houston and Chris Paul to Oklahoma City has yet to be technically finalized, but OKC’s head of basketball operations Sam Presti continues to explore potential destinations for Paul.

Although the Heat appear to be the most likely suitor for Paul, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald continues to be skeptical of Miami’s level of interest in the veteran point guard. According to Jackson, the Heat are listening to the Thunder and won’t rule anything out, but they’re not actively pursuing CP3.

NBA Rumors: Heat Could Be In Play For Chris Paul After Trade To OKC

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.

Heat won't close door if that changes, but this is OKC trying to move Paul , not Heat actively pursuing player. My point is The Heat shouldn't even consider trading for Chris Paul , and that awful contract unless OKC gives them 2 or 3 1st rd picks that they can flip for Beal.

Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Appearing on "SportsCenter" on Monday, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst outlined some of the obstacles in the way of a deal between the Heat and Thunder, as Chris Grenham of NESN.com relays.

“When you talk about [Paul] potentially going to the Miami Heat, which is his preference, one thing I’ve been told in the talks; the fact that the Thunder hold the two of the Heat’s first-round picks in the future — unprotected 2021, protected 2023 — makes this a difficult conversation because the Heat want those picks back,” Windhorst said. “The Thunder have expressed an interest in giving one of those picks back but they would want another pick farther off into the future. So I do think that these teams have a lot to talk about.”

In his analysis of the potential trade discussions between the two clubs, Jackson conveyed a similar sentiment, suggesting that the Heat would want their draft picks back from the Thunder and cautioning that he wouldn’t expect Presti to be on board with that. Jackson also speculated that the Heat might want Paul to agree to decline his 2021-22 player option to help the club maintain future cap flexibility — that would be a lot to ask of the nine-time All-Star, whose option will be worth $44.2M.

Four most likely Chris Paul trade scenarios

Four most likely Chris Paul trade scenarios 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. Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_bd7e4c50-e03c-4a6f-b2ad-b9ced840dd62").

The Thunder’s offers in a potential Chris Paul trade haven’t been “enticing enough” to spark the Heat ’s interest, Jackson tweets. Heat officials will continue to listen if the offers improve, Jackson adds, but they’re not actively pursuing the 34-year-old point guard.

Active listening not only means focusing fully on the speaker but also actively showing verbal and non-verbal signs of listening . Generally speakers want listeners to demonstrate ‘ active listening ’ by responding appropriately to what they are saying.

As cap expert Albert Nahmad notes (via Twitter), the Thunder acquired two first-round picks by swapping Westbrook for Paul. If Oklahoma City were to surrender two first-rounders to move Paul, the club wouldn’t really be coming out ahead in terms of assets, and would have little to show for giving up its former MVP. Presumably, the Thunder will be prepared to hang onto Paul into the season if Miami (or another team) isn’t willing to meet their asking price.

While the Heat still look like the best potential fit for Paul, there are so many complicating factors involved – including both teams’ cap and tax concerns – that it’s hard to imagine Miami and Oklahoma City quickly bridging the gap and agreeing to terms. It will be interesting to see if the Thunder and Rockets finalize their part of the trade this week, or if they continue to hold off on making it official in case it can be turned into a three-team deal.

Rumor: Chris Paul would’ve had to decline $44M player option to facilitate trade to Heat.
He'd obviously rather stay with Thunder

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