No Market for Chris Paul

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Paul was traded to the Thunder by the Rockets last week in a package for Russell Westbrook and the team reportedly wanted to move on from the 34-year-old guard as quickly as it could. When Paul came into the league as a member of the then-New Orleans Hornets in 2005, the team played its home games in Oklahoma City due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Between the Westbrook trade and the deal to send Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City has stockpiled eight additional first-round draft picks between next year and 2026. It's believed that the Thunder have a better chance of trading him after that date or possibly even after the 2019-20 season, league sources told Wojnarowski.

While both parties were interested in a trade from OKC, Wojnarowski notes that nothing satisfactory has materialized and both sides recognize the benefits of Paul playing the year with the Thunder.

For Paul, who is still seeking his first NBA Finals appearance, a late-career season on a stripped-down roster does not make much sense. He went on to become an eight-time All-Star and enters the upcoming season as the National Basketball Association active leader in assists (9,181) and steals (2,122).

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Ever since Russell Westbrook was traded to the Houston Rockets in return for Chris Paul and future draft picks, it was assumed that the Miami Heat could be a potential landing spot for the star veteran.

Paul has three years and $124 million left on his contract.

The Thunder has been in trade talks with Miami, according to ESPN.

The market expands on December 15, when players who signed offseason free-agent deals can become eligible to be included in trade packages.

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