Chris Paul Could Start Season With Thunder

Chris Paul Could Start Season With Thunder

Moving Chris Paul seemed like the next logical step once the team acquired him in the trade that sent Russell Westbrook to the Rockets but the potential market for CP3 has dried up.

The Thunder have been working with Paul and his representatives to find a deal that benefits both sides but according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the team and the star point guard believe there are benefits to having him spend the season in OKC.

Because the Westbrook-Paul trade happened so far into free agency, few contenders have the flexibility to take on CP3, who will make $124 million over the next three years. The Thunder may re-examine their options once most of the newly signed free agents become eligible to be traded on December 15, or after next season ends.

OKC would love to have Chris Paul for the entire season and Wojnarowski reported that Paul thinks they can make the playoffs with Danilo Gallinari, Steven Adams, Dennis Schroder and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander already on their roster. CP3 will enter the second year of a four-year, $159,730,592 contract.

The 34-year-old will be 37 when he becomes a free agent in 2022. He averaged career-lows with 15.6 points on 41.9 percent shooting in 32.0 minutes over 58 games with the Rockets last season but he also put up 8.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals and shot 35.8 from beyond the arc.

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