After all, the Thunder might not be that bad despite trading away their two best players.
According to a Wednesday report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, however, it now appears as though the Oklahoma City Thunder are expected to begin the 2019-20 regular season with Paul still on their roster. That likely means that they hope that strong and consistent play from Paul will increase his market value prior to the trade deadline.
A native of Winston-Salem, NC, the Wake Forest product has three years remaining on a four-year deal that carries an annual average salary of just under $40 million.
Chris Paul's storied career is heading toward the twilight period - he's certainly not done yet, but it's clear at 34, his prime is behind him even though he's still more than capable of being a star point guard.
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Paul and his representatives have worked with the team to find a trade destination but for a bevy of reasons, no deal has surfaced.
ESPN adds that trade talks could resume after the 2019-2020 season.
Sources told Wojnarowski the Thunder don't feel the need to surrender draft compensation to unload Paul's contract right now. There's also the "what if" of epic proportions: What if David Stern allowed the Hornets to trade Paul to the Lakers in 2011, which would have made him teammates with Kobe Bryant? It was an easy joke to pair pics of the rookie Paul and the vet, a real-life FaceApp sight gag.
Oklahoma City has gathered eight future first-round picks in the Paul George and Westbrook trades since the start of free agency, including Miami's 2021 and 2023 first-rounders via the Clippers.