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July 17, 2019, 5:28 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, there are many around the league that believe that Chris Paul will start the season with the Thunder.
The Thunder have been very busy this offseason as they have been able to inhale draft picks in return for All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George. It was rumored that they would attempt to shop Paul to see if they could acquire even more assets. The team will look to have Paul mentor this team (specifically second-year player Shai-Gilgeous Alexander) as the market for Paul is not robust due to the $124M he is owed over the next three seasons. From a fantasy perspective, Paul may eat into SGA's overall value but they both will provide value come draft time.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 16, 2019, 8:45 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
The Rockets and Thunder officially completed their blockbuster trade of Chris Paul, first round picks in 2024 and 2026, and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025 for Russell Westbrook on Tuesday.
Westbrook and Harden and now officially reunited and will be performing massive pre-game routines at the Toyota Center. Meanwhile, the Thunder officially have Chris Paul on the roster and are free to move him if they choose. Watching how Sam Presti begins this rebuild process will be interesting, to say the least.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
July 16, 2019, 9:27 amChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Brian Windhorst of ESPN is reporting that the Heat are open to the idea of teaming up Chris Paul with Jimmy Butler, but what has hung the entire negotiation up is the discussion of picks.
The Thunder holds two of Miami’s future first round draft picks, an unprotected selection in 2021 and a protected one in 2023. The Heat want those included in a potential deal and Oklahoma City has no shortage of assets as, since draft night, Sam Presti has acquired a remarkable eight first-round picks. Windhorst also added that the Heat seem to be CP3’s preferred destination and if he actually ends up in South Beach, he could retain his strong fantasy value.
July 14, 2019, 8:55 amChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Though they are still interested in acquiring his services, the Miami Heat have so far been uninterested in meeting Oklahoma City's asking price for Chris Paul according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
The assumption by most pundits heading into these trade talks was that it would likely take the Thunder including assets to move the Heat into taking on CP3's massive contract. While we don't know what the Thunder have put on the table in these talks, it's evident that they have not met the threshold to make the financial commitment worth it to the Heat. If Miami isn't a landing spot for Paul, it will be tough to imagine another team, fringing on contention, lining up for his services. It's looking like a real possibility that he starts the season in Oklahoma City, where he will have a lot to prove to contenders that he is worth making a move for. His presence would help Shai Gilgeous-Alexander from a development standpoint, but would likely put a dent in his potential fantasy value.
Source: Barry Jackson on Twitter
July 11, 2019, 10:15 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Sam Amick is reporting that Sam Presti and Leon Rose, the agent for Chris Paul, will meet in the coming days to determine what's next for his client.
The Thunder just dealt their franchise icon and seemed intent on clearing the deck for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to lead a rebuild, and the Heat were the most mentioned suitor in talks surrounding Russell Westbrook to begin with. Miami clearly wants to add a top-level point guard to pair with Jimmy Butler and could find it easier to work out a deal for Paul than they did for Westbrook. Amick adds that the Thunder "would engage and have interest" in making a deal with the Heat, so stay tuned. Miami has been hesitant to include their top young players, but if OKC is offering up Paul as well as some of their stockpile of picks, it may be hard for the Heat to walk away.
Source: Sam Amick on Twitter
July 11, 2019, 9:06 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul was sent to the Thunder in a package for Russell Westbrook on Thursday night.
This is a long play for the Thunder, but it looks like they'll go into the season with Paul on the roster. If that's the case, he should do a nice job providing tutelage to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and may bump up his performance from last season since he might actually touch the ball.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 11, 2019, 8:34 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Thunder have traded Russell Westbrook to the Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026 and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025.
What a bombshell on a Thursday night. For all the talk about Westbrook to the Heat, we've ended up with the reuniting of Westbrook and James Harden. Paul will again become the main ballhandler in Oklahoma City and Westbrook and Harden can fight over who gets to chuck up more shots.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 23, 2019, 8:32 pmChris PaulPG, Houston Rockets
According to the Houston Chronicle, Chris Paul says he has not asked to be traded and downplays supposed rift with James Harden.
This corroborates statements made by Rockets GM Daryl Morey earlier in the month denying rumors that there was a rift between Harden and Paul. While the Rockets are exploring options to improve their roster for the season, it appears that Paul is unlikely to be moved.
Source: Houston Chronicle
June 18, 2019, 5:53 pmChris PaulG, Houston Rockets
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Rockets GM Daryl Morey denied that Chris Paul’s camp asked for a trade, while also saying that James Harden and Chris Paul do not have issues with one another.
Morey also said that Paul will remain on the Rockets next season and that he has spoken to both often this offseason about free agency evaluations and plans. If there is any tension, it is unlikely that Morey would acknowledge that publicly, as it would essentially cripple the team’s already slim chances of moving Paul’s contract. Paul is 34 and making $124 million combined over the next three seasons.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 4:36 pmChris PaulG, Houston Rockets
According to sources of Yahoo! Sports, Chris Paul wants to be traded from the Rockets as his relationship with James Harden is "unsalvageable."
Whoa. There's been rumblings that the two were at odds, as well as Paul being shopped, but this may be the final blow for a team that disappointed in their opportunities the last few years. Paul's contract makes it hard for him to be traded, though the asking price may be as low as ever. This offseason continues to get crazier.
Source: Yahoo! Sports
June 17, 2019, 6:18 pmChris PaulG, Houston Rockets
The Rockets have had conversations about Clint Capela and "preliminary conversations" about Chris Paul, per Shams Charania.
The Rockets reportedly want to discuss Paul trades with teams that can absorb his three years and $125 million. That's a pretty short list. That deal will be much harder to move than Capela's, though you can be sure that the Rockets probably won't move their young center unless it's a deal that improves both the on-court product and the cap sheet. That proposition is a lot weaker in any deal that includes Paul's monster salaries.
Source: The Athletic
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