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Rumor: Thunder working to get Chris Paul to Heat as quickly as possible

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Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul’s future appears to be getting a clearer picture now, with ESPN’s top NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that a move to the Miami Heat looks to be gaining some steam:

Paul recently arrived in Oklahoma following a monster deal between the Thunder and Houston Rockets, which saw former MVP Russell Westbrook heading to Houston. With OKC looking to rebuild, Paul doesn’t seem to fit with their current plans. While one report suggests the Thunder would be comfortable with CP3 on the roster next season, a trade seems more likely.

Woj suggests that trade is coming, and it appears the Heat have emerged as front-runners to acquire the nine-time All-Star. This move is definitely right up the alley of Miami team president Pat Riley, who reportedly was interested in acquiring Westbrook before this trade to the Rockets went down. The Heat seem to be willing to take on Paul’s remaining three years, $124 million.

Miami recently acquired Jimmy Butler in a sign-and-trade deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, and a Paul-Butler pairing seems to be quite a good fit on paper. Despite being 34 years of age, Paul still has a lot left in the tank, and he could prove to be a perfect point guard to play alongside the Heat’s new cornerstone superstar in Butler.

It’s not totally clear what Miami may have to give up for Chris Paul, who doesn’t have much of a market elsewhere.