October 13, 2019, 1:19 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder will be without both Chris Paul and Steven Adams (rest) for Monday's preseason game.
No need to panic here, as the two vets are just getting a day off. Continue to draft both players as you typically would. DFS players can look at Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dennis Schroder, Nerlens Noel and Mike Muscala for extra production tomorrow — barring further rest.
Source: Maddie Lee on Twitter
October 10, 2019, 10:19 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander orchestrated a win for the Thunder on Thursday over the New Zealand Breakers with 23 points.
SGA was solid in this win in 23 minutes but didn't actually do much outside of score. He didn't make a 3-pointer and only had two boards and an assist. He should be in line to have a really impressive year with the Thunder starting from the bottom, especially if they trade Chris Paul.
October 8, 2019, 8:16 pmChris PaulTeam, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder will start Chris Paul, Dennis Schroder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams against the Mavs in preseason action on Tuesday.
It's full-on small ball for the Thunder in this preseason action against the Mavs. Starting two short guards in CP3 and Schroder, both under 6-foot-1, is a bit interesting to say the least, especially against a Mavs backcourt featuring 6-foot-5 guards. Hopefully Donovan is tinkering with lineups for preseason purposes.
Source: Erik Horne on Twitter
September 23, 2019, 6:07 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Heat beat writer Ira Winderman said that talks involving Chris Paul being traded to the Heat have gone "dormant."
The rumors may continue, but Paul will remain a member of the Thunder for the moment. Paul holds a $44 million player option for 2021-22 which is affecting what the Heat are willing to offer. Paul is still one of the better point guards in fantasy.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
September 23, 2019, 1:17 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Though the Thunder are prepared to open the season with Chris Paul as a "veteran star and leader," Shams Charania is reporting that the Heat have "a level of interest" in CP3.
The Heat and Paul were said to have mutual interest back when CP3 was first traded to Oklahoma City but the teams couldn't work out a deal. It is now expected that Miami will play out the start of the season and see how things are going before they make a big play for Paul, as acquiring his three years and $124 million would require a trade of major contracts. A deal would certainly improve Paul's fantasy outlook but as it stands he figures to stay on the cusp of early-round production as long as he's on the court, even for a Thunder team that's looking to the future.
Source: The Athletic
July 24, 2019, 11:08 amChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting that the Heat would want multiple first-round picks in a trade for Chris Paul.
The Thunder reportedly looked to move CP3 before he ever put on a uniform and the Heat have been viewed as a potential destination. The Heat are seeking more than the Thunder is offering to offload a Paul contract that will pay the 34-year-old point guard $38.5 million this coming season, and $41.4 million in 2020-21, with a player option of $44.2 million in 2021-22. It’s possible that the two teams discuss again once the season starts but everything now points to CP3 starting the season in Oklahoma City.
Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 20, 2019, 11:49 amChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul has reportedly settled on the idea of starting the season for the Thunder.
Although Oklahoma City and Miami did not have formal discussions regarding a Chris Paul trade according to Brian Windhorst, the Thunder were willing to discuss giving back the Heat some picks but the Heat would have also wanted Paul to decline his $44 million player option in 2021-2022, which is not going to happen. The Heat want to remain flexible in the next big free agent class of 2021 and adding Paul on his current deal would take that away. Paul's usage rate will likely increase on the Thunder but keep in mind that he has missed at least 21 games in each of the three seasons before drafting him as the 9-time All-Star enters his 15th season in the league.
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