Heat would want draft picks to take on Paul’s contract

Chris Paul was recently sent from the Rockets to the Thunder in a deal for Russell Westbrook.

The Miami Heat would want multiple first-round picks in a trade for Chris Paul, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

Paul was recently traded from the Houston Rockets to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Russell Westbrook. The Thunder reportedly looked to move Paul before he ever put on a uniform. The Heat have been viewed as a potential destination, a team perhaps willing to take on his three-year, $124 million contract.

And the Thunder do have eight first-round picks, acquired since the start of free agency — having also traded away Paul George (Los Angeles Clippers) and Jerami Grant (Denver Nuggets).

For now, though, it appears they won’t be doing a deal with the Heat, who would like to pair Paul next to Jimmy Butler.

“At this point, just as the Thunder wanted more in terms of prospects from the Heat for Westbrook, the Heat are seeking more than Oklahoma City is offering to offload a Paul contract that will pay the 34-year-old point guard $38.5 million this coming season, $41.4 million in 2020-21, with a player option of $44.2 million in 2021-22,” Winderman reported.

Instead, it seems, the Thunder and Paul are welcoming the idea of starting (and perhaps finishing) the season together.

As for the Heat, there doesn’t seem to be any sense that they are where they yet want to be. The possibility of moves before the season undoubtedly exists. But from the sounds of things, Paul and the Thunder are no longer on their radar.