Chris Paul’s tenure in Houston is finally over, with the Rockets having completed a trade with Oklahoma City yesterday. In return for Russell Westbrook, the Rockets gave up the disgruntled CP3 and a huge collection of picks.
Looking ahead, what will happen to Paul in Oklahoma City? The team is in no position to compete, and they have no real need for a 34-year-old point guard on the roster. It seems likely that Paul is headed somewhere else, whether by buyout or trade. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Heat are showing significant interest.
Houston hoped to find third-team destination preferable to Chris Paul, but ultimately leaves it OKC to execute next step once Presti confers w/ CP3 agent Leon Rose. Miami remains possibility for Paul (3 years, $124M) — and OKC obviously has picks to incentivize deal, if needed.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019
Miami has been looking for a point guard to fit next to Jimmy Butler for a while. And while Goran Dragic certainly isn’t a bad choice for them, they clearly have other plans. Paul would help control the offense, mentor the younger guys in the locker room, and would take the pressure off Butler.
In the meantime, OKC will continue their rebuild without him.
It’s a win-win scenario, and it seems only a matter of time until Paul lands somewhere else; whether it’s in Miami or not.