The Thunder’s discussions to trade newly acquired Chris Paul have stalled, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday, increasing the odds that the point guard begins the season in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder have been working with Paul’s agent on a suitable trade since acquiring him from the Houston Rockets last week in a deal for Russell Westbrook and two first-round picks, but Wojnarowski reports nothing is materializing. The report adds that Oklahoma City believes trade talks could improve after Dec. 15 — when players signed this offseason can be included in deals — or after the 2019-20 season.
The Miami Heat have been widely reported as a potential suitor for Paul, but the sides have been unable to agree on compensation.
The Miami Herald reports the Heat are only willing to take on Paul’s burdensome contract — which has three years and $124 million remaining, including a $44.2 million player option in 2021-22 — if they also receive their own 2021 and 2023…
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