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The Houston Rockets are seeking a third team in the trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder centered on Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The idea would be to move Paul to another team, as opposed to the Thunder, Wojnarowski reported.
If the Miami Heat have an interest in Paul, the Thunder would be willing to try to negotiate a deal, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.
And according to Wojnarowski, the Heat might indeed be interested.
Paul has three years and $124 million left on his contract. With the Thunder clearly in a retooling phase, neither they nor Paul may consider each other a fit.
As Wojnarowski mentioned, the Thunder have compiled plenty of first-round picks since Saturday (seven in all) to perhaps convince the Heat to take Paul and his large remaining deal.
The Heat already nabbed one veteran star via trade this summer, when they acquired Jimmy Butler from the Philadelphia 76ers at the start of free agency.
While Paul tends to get a bad rap for his recent injury history, he may be the right kind of passing point guard who can serve as a strong complement to Butler.
“It would be difficult to envision Miami giving up major assets for Paul,” Chris Crouse of HoopsRumors wrote. “However, if the price is simply matching salary, then it would seem favorable to the Heat.”
The Thunder have traded both of their All-Stars from last season — with Paul George being sent to the Los Angeles Clippers over the weekend. OKC immediately set out to deal Westbrook once the George deal was complete.
Along with Paul, the Thunder received the Rockets’ first-round picks in 2024 and 2026.
Paul, 34, averaged 15.6 points and 8.2 assists in 58 games last season.
Westbrook, 30, averaged 22.9 points, a career-high 11.1 rebounds and a career-high 10.7 assists in 73 games.