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SportRumor: Chris Paul would’ve had to decline $44M player option to facilitate trade to Heat

00:00  20 july  2019
00:00  20 july  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

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A Chris Paul trade to the Miami Heat has hit a snag over draft pick compensation. So the Heat want their picks back in order to take the 34-year-old point guard’ s contract onto their books. He’ s owed .5 million in 2019-20, .4 million in 2020-21 and holds a player option at $ 44 .2 million for the

Rumor: Chris Paul would’ve had to decline $44M player option to facilitate trade to Heat© Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Paul will probably start the season with the Thunder.

It’s not an ideal fit. Oklahoma City doesn’t need an expensive veteran as it begins to rebuild. Paul would probably prefer to play for a better team.

The Heat appeared interested in Paul. But they wanted draft picks to take on the three years and $124,076,442 remaining on his contract. The Thunder obviously deemed the cost too high.

But maybe the teams could have found a middle ground if Paul’s contract were $44,211,146 cheaper and one year shorter in Miami.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

The other thing I heard was that it was basically, if Chris wanted to get traded to the Heat now, he would maybe have had to been willing to decline his player option.

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.

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 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

The Miami Heat have been rumored as a possible landing spot for the former Houston Rockets point guard, but that would entail taking on Paul ’ s enormous contract. “The Thunder have expressed an interest in giving one of those picks back but they would want another pick farther off into the future.

Paul would probably prefer Miami to Oklahoma City. But the Heat would still likely be just a middling playoff team with him. Staying with the Thunder isn’t so bad when it keeps that $44 million-plus guaranteed.

Still, it was worth the teams asking. Just in case Paul wanted to join Miami that badly.

Paul would probably recoup some of that money in 2021 free agency. He might even get more in a multi-year deal than he would by exercising his option and hitting the market a year later.

But Paul can’t count on any payday in free agency at age 36. Even great players can be completely finished by then.

The only way Paul can guarantee himself money is keeping that player option intact, which he will.

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

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

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