Chris Paul Could Start Season With Thunder

Thursday, July 18, 2019 4:29 PM UTC

Thursday, Jul. 18, 2019 4:29 PM UTC

The Oklahoma City Thunder have tried to trade Chris Paul but it seems that he will be on their roster when the new NBA season begins in October.

<div><p>Moving Chris Paul seemed like the next logical step once the team acquired him in the trade that sent <a href="" target="_blank">Russell Westbrook</a> to the Rockets but the potential market for CP3 has dried up.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Chris Paul’s Best Plays With Rockets! &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— (@Ballislife) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 12, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p><u><strong>Odds To Win The 2019-20 NBA Championship<br />(Courtesy of <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5Dimes</a>)</strong></u></p><p>Los Angeles Clippers +350</p><p>Los Angeles Lakers +380</p><p>Milwaukee Bucks +525</p><p>Houston Rockets +825</p><p>Philadelphia 76ers +875</p><p>Utah Jazz +1250</p><p>Golden State Warriors +1350</p><p>Denver Nuggets +2000</p><p>Boston Celtics +2750</p><p>Portland Trail Blazers +3500</p><p>Brooklyn Nets +4000</p><p>Indiana Pacers +5000</p><p>Toronto Raptors +5500</p><p>Dallas Mavericks +6600</p><p>San Antonio Spurs +7500</p><p>Miami Heat +10000</p><p>New Orleans Pelicans +12500</p><p>Orlando Magic +15000</p><p>Sacramento Kings +19000</p><p>Atlanta Hawks +20000</p><p>Detroit Pistons +25000</p><p>Minnesota Timberwolves +30000</p><p>Chicago Bulls +40000</p><p>New York Knicks +50000</p><p>Oklahoma City Thunder +50000</p><p>Phoenix Suns +50000</p><p>Memphis Grizzlies +50000</p><p>Washington Wizards +50000</p><p>Cleveland Cavaliers +150000</p><p>Charlotte Hornets +200000</p></div>
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