Paul's salary, which comes in at $38.5 million this upcoming season, makes trading the point guard hard. The report adds that Oklahoma City believes trade talks could improve after December 15 - when players signed this offseason can be included in deals - or after the 2019-20 season.
Because the Houston-Oklahoma City trade came so late in free agency - coupled with three years, $124 million left on Paul's contract - there are no contenders with the cap space or roster structure to incorporate parameters of a deal for Paul. But that trade, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, doesn't appear to be happening any time soon.
"Thunder general manager Sam Presti welcomes the idea of Paul playing for his franchise this season, and Paul has warmed to the idea of the Thunder as a landing spot for the year based on the organization and a competitive talent-level", Wojnarowski wrote.
It bears reminding that the Thunder are best-served by insisting they're comfortable holding onto Paul for the foreseeable future.
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Of course, Paul could begin the season in OKC only to be dealt later on.
Paul played in Oklahoma City when the New Orleans Pelicans (then called the Hornets) relocated in 2005-06 because of the damage from Hurricane Katrina.
Chris Paul might be staying in Oklahoma City after all.
And even at 34 years old, there are a number of teams who would be eager to add Paul to their team. Miami's 2021 pick is unprotected. Since the Rockets-Thunder trade happened so late in National Basketball Association free agency, there are no contenders with the cap space or roster structure to swing a deal for Paul.