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Report: Thunder’s Chris Paul would need to decline $44 million player option to facilitate trade to Heat

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If Chris Paul really wants to start the 2019-20 season on the Miami Heat, he might have to decline his 2021-22 player option worth $44,211,146.

Paul is widely expected to begin the upcoming season on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Heat are said to be interested in acquiring Paul, but they aren’t aggressively pursuing a trade to bring the nine-time All-Star to South Beach since he arguably has the worst contract in the league. Paul will make $38.5 million next season and $41.4 million in 2020-21.

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the only way the Heat are going to take on Paul’s monster contract from the Thunder is if the future Hall of Famer agrees to decline that lucrative 2021-22 player option.

“The other thing I heard was that it was basically if Chris wanted to get traded to the Heat now, he would maybe have had to been willing to decline his player option,” Windhorst said on the Hoop Collective Podcast.

This past season with the Houston Rockets, Chris Paul averaged 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 8.2 assists in 58 games. CP3, who didn’t get along with James Harden, shot 41.9 percent from the field, 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 86.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Paul is a smart guy. There’s no way he’s going to decline that 2020-21 player option worth $44.2 million. Playing for the Heat doesn’t outweigh making that much money.