The Miami Heat Could Trade for Chris Paul We are less than 24 hours removed from the blockbuster of a deal that sent Chris Paul from Houston to Oklahoma City for Russell Westbrook. The Thunder are apparently not planning to keep Chris Paul. This is the same team that has acquired eight first-round draft picks since draft night.
The Heat are emerging as likely suitors for CP3. The Heat would like to pair the perennial All-Star guard with Jimmy Butler. With this move, they could very well position themselves to become contenders in a wide-open East. The offer that would likely get the proverbial wheels set in motion would have to be a package centered around Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters.
In the proposed deal, the Miami Heat would receive Chris Paul, a 1st round pick, and a 2nd round pick. The Oklahoma City Thunder would get a return of Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Kelly Olynyk, and Justise Winslow.
The Heat would obtain some draft picks in the deal and their point guard in Chris Paul. CP3 and Butler have a similar goal. They are looking to get an NBA championship at this stage in their career. The Miami Heat are a fanbase that expects to win. Pat Riley is trying to position his team for contention. This move could very well make the Heat a top 4 team in the relatively weak Eastern Conference. Two high-level defenders and strong leaders. Definitely, one of the better backcourts in the league.
The Thunder are getting an expiring deal in Dragic which will create good cap flexibility. Dion Waiters use to play for the Thunder and could thrive their once again. Waiters could be a valuable off guard or sixth man. Kelly Olynyk gives the Thunder a stretch 4 on a space devoid team. Winslow is the most intriguing piece in this deal. He could still be a star in this league and is a great two-way piece to add to this rebuilding squad. The Thunder profit as well, because their main goal of rebuilding is to create cap flexibility, obtain young pieces, and accumulate draft picks. The PG and Russ deal, combined, has them in position to do just that for the next several years.