The Thunder and Rockets set the NBA world ablaze Thursday night when they pulled the trigger on a deal that sent Russell Westbrook to Houston and Chris Paul to Oklahoma City.
Paul's stay in OKC might be brief, however, as Houston reportedly had hoped to find a third-team destination for him to take his three-year, $124 million contract. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Miami Heat remain a possible destination for the 34-year-old.
Houston hoped to find third-team destination preferable to Chris Paul, but ultimately leaves it OKC to execute next step once Presti confers w/ CP3 agent Leon Rose. Miami remains possibility for Paul (3 years, $124M) -- and OKC obviously has picks to incentivize deal, if needed.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019
Paul’s agent, Leon Rose, soon will speak with Thunder general manager Sam Presti to discuss "what's next" for Paul, per Sam Amick of The Athletic.
Source, to the @TheAthletic: Chris Paul's agent, Leon Rose, will talk to OKC GM Sam Presti in the coming days to determine what's next. If CP wants to go to Miami to join Jimmy Butler, it's clear there's a deal to be done there. The Thunder would engage and have interest.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 12, 2019
It remains to be seen whether OKC will ship Paul to the Eastern Conference. Even if that does happen, the Celtics still would be thankful it's Paul taking his talents to South Beach rather than Westbrook.
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