Report: Thunder could work to find trade deal for Chris Paul
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Thunder will likely remain active on the trade front, as they could try to find a taker for Paul. The 34-year-old guard was sent to the Thunder along with two first-round picks and two pick swaps in exchange for former NBA Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook.
However, trading Paul will be easier said than done for the Thunder. The veteran playmaker still has three years left on his contract worth $124 million. Woj said that in order to find a taker for Paul’s massive contract, the Thunder might actually need to include some of the picks that they acquired in recent deals.
Paul is coming off the worst scoring season of his career, as he averaged just 15.6 points in 58 games for Houston last season. He was mentioned in trade rumors earlier in the offseason. The Rockets previously denied that they are planning to trade Paul, but Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said that they had to make the deal on Thursday.
“I said at the end of the year we’re never gonna stand pat,” Fertitta said. “We’re always gonna try to get better. I think this makes us a better team. I hate to lose Chris Paul, but we felt like we did what we had to do to become a better team.”
It’s certainly a trade that gives the Thunder an intriguing roster heading into next season.