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Report: Chris Paul’s preference is to play for Heat, who want their 2021, 2023 draft picks back from Thunder

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Chris Paul’s preference is reportedly to be traded to the Miami Heat, who want their 2021 and 2023 draft picks back from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a trade for Paul, according to multiple reports.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports Paul wants to play for the Heat, while Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald adds Miami wants its 2021 and 2023 picks back from OKC.

The Thunder are reportedly willing to give one pick back to the Heat, but they also want a different pick in return:

Chris Paul has three years left on his monster contract. He’ll make $38,506,482 next season, $41,358,814 in 2020-21 and has a player option worth $44,211,146 for the 2021-22 season. Paul and the Thunder likely won’t agree to a buyout, as CP3 would have to give up a lot of money.

This past season with the Houston Rockets, Paul averaged 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 8.2 assists in 58 games. The nine-time All-Star shot 41.9 percent from the field, 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 86.2 percent from the free-throw line. Paul didn’t get along with Rockets star James Harden, who told management to trade Paul. Houston acquired former MVP Russell Westbrook from the Thunder.

The Thunder are actively trying to trade Paul, but they won’t rush into making a deal. The Heat would like to acquire Paul, but aren’t going to make a move which damages their future assets.