Oklahoma City Thunder top priority seems like is to trade Chris Paul who has still one year remaining on his contract.
Miami Heat is one team which has shown interest in Paul, but they aren’t pushing hard as they did in 2017 when Paul was MVP. Miami is now pursuing Paul after losing out on Westbrook who signed with the Rockets.
Thunders are looking for a way to dump Paul whose performance has declined. His age also make him difficult to move compared to Westbrook, who is four years younger than Paul. Paul is 34 years old, and Thunder need to dump him to get below the luxury tax threshold.
Oklahoma, however, has three plans for dealing with Paul. The first is to trade him without assets. The second is to accompany him with holdings in a deal, and the last one is to keep the guard in their roster for the final season.
Of all the possibilities, the Thunder has not ruled out the decision of holding the nine-time All-Star according to Ken Berger of Bleacher Report.
There is a possibility that Paul will be involved in another deal. However, the Thunders aren’t opposed to keeping him if he is willing to stay. They will still be benefited by Paul-Westbrook deal if they move the newly acquired point guard. Oklahoma has gathered a few picks and will get out of a big contract one year than it was expected.
While Oklahoma City has other veteran players who can be traded, trading Paul will allow Thunder GM some flexibility in discussing the others. However, any trade involving Paul seems like it will have its limits on how Oklahoma can do. There will probably be less return in his case.