Chris Paul wants to end his career where he is ‘appreciated’
But do the Thunder even want to trade Paul? After losing superstars Paul George and Russell Westbrook this past summer, many pundits thought OKC would be rebuilding this season and not be competitive.
Through 40 games, the Thunder have been one of the biggest surprises of the season. They are 23-17 and in seventh place in the Western Conference standings.
So, does this mean there’s a chance Chris Paul could end his Hall of Fame career with the Thunder. It’s possible:
“Last year was Houston. When I was in L.A., I wanted to end it there. Where I want to end my career is somewhere where you’re appreciated,” Chris Paul told Mens Health.
“It sounds like a weird answer, but that’s been the coolest part even right now in Oklahoma. I started my career there. Life happened and I ended up there, and it’s been great being back and around everyone.”
Paul is making $38,506,482 this 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 he would have to give up a lot of money.
Paul is averaging 16.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists for the Thunder this season. He’s shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 89.5 percent from the free-throw line.