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Rumor: Chris Paul trade would lead to full Thunder rebuild

Thunder, Chris Paul, Steven Adams, Dennis Schroder

If the Oklahoma City Thunder trade point guard Chris Paul this offseason, the franchise could embark on a full-scale rebuild, with more trades coming after that.

Royce Young, who covers the Thunder for ESPN, talked about OKC’s future on The Hoop Collective pod. 

Via Real GM:

“By all appearances, once the Thunder make the move to move on from Chris Paul, that’s kind of when they’re going to hit the reset button,” Young said.

“That’s when I think they’ll start tearing down some of the pieces. Schroder will go. Adams might go. And they’ll start to sort of begin their first ever rebuild since they moved to Oklahoma City.”

Chris Paul is owed $41,358,814 in 2020-21 and has a player option worth $44,211,146 for the 2021-22 season. Even though he had an All-Star season in 2019-20 and led the Thunder to the playoffs when not many picked the team to play well, OKC is going to have a hard time trading Paul since he’s due so much money moving forward and he’s getting older.

It’s worth mentioning, though, that Paul has been linked to the New York Knicks since Knicks president of basketball operations Leon Rose used to be Paul’s agent at CAA.

CP3 will turn 36 next May. He averaged 17.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists for the Thunder during the 2019-20 regular season while shooting 48.9 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 90.7 percent from the free-throw line.

The Thunder took James Harden and the Houston Rockets to seven games in the first round of the 2020 playoffs. The team had a remarkable season and should be commended for proving the naysayers wrong since most pundits picked OKC to miss the playoffs.