Thunder connect with Heat about potential Paul trade

The Miami Heat are contemplating a possible trade for veteran point guard Chris Paul, but are far from aggressively pursuing a deal, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Paul was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Russell Westbrook on Thursday. Per Jackson, the Thunder have contacted the Heat about a possible Paul trade.

“Miami would need to be absolutely overwhelmed to consider taking on the final three years and $124 million of Paul’s contract, considering the veteran point guard’s age (34) and lack of durability,” Jackson wrote.

The Heat also have an interest in Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, though it does not appear the Wizards want to move Beal at the moment.

“Bradley is somebody we’re building around,” Wizards interim general manager Tommy Sheppard told The Athletic. “He’s been involved with everything we’re doing in the draft, free agency. We need his opinion. We want this team to be a reflection of what he is all about.”

It is believed the Thunder are also contacting several other wannabe contenders about potential trades centered on Paul.