Thunder news: NBA execs expect OKC to put out a message, 'We're not looking to trade Chris Paul' so they don't look like they're in a panic
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NBA execs expect Thunder to put out a message, ‘We’re not looking to trade Chris Paul’ so they don’t look like they’re in a panic

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NBA executives expect the Oklahoma City Thunder to put out a message, “We’re not looking to trade Chris Paul” so they don’t look like they’re in a panic trying to move him, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

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.

“Here’s what executives expect to happen: They expect the Thunder to put out a message that, ‘We’re not looking to trade Chris Paul. We want him here.’ Because they don’t want anybody to think they’re in panic trying to trade him,” Windhorst said on ESPN’s The Jump.

“And they wanna hope that somebody has something happen where they need Chris Paul.”

Last 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.

The Miami Heat were reportedly interested in acquiring Paul, but won’t make a move which damages their future assets.

It really feels like Paul is going to be on the Thunder for the entire 2019-20 season unless a contender loses its starting point guard due to injury.