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NBA Rumors: Speculation Growing That Thunder Will Keep Chris Paul

(via The Shade Room)

(via The Shade Room)

After stints in New Orleans, L.A., and Houston ended without a Championship, 9x All-Star Chris Paul has absolutely no time to waste if he wants to earn a ring.

Oklahoma City is not the place to do it, but speculation continues to grow that CP3 will end up playing out the 2019-20 season there.

(via ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski)

Oklahoma City's discussions to move nine-time All-Star guard Chris Paul to a new destination are parked, and an increasing expectation exists that he will start the season with the Thunder, league sources tell ESPN.

Oklahoma City has been working with Paul and his representatives on finding a trade, but nothing is materializing so deep into summer free agency, sources said. Both sides believe there are benefits to Paul, 34, playing out the year with the Thunder. For now, there's a belief that there could be more success exploring trade scenarios again after Dec. 15 -- or even the completion of the 2019-20 season, league sources said.

After failing to find a suitable trade partner, the Thunder will either have to settle for a low-ball deal or buy out CP3 contract. Since both seem unlikely, Chris Paul suiting up for the Thunder this upcoming season may be a real possibility.

34-year-old Paul will be entering his 15th season this October and will be looking to bounce back from perhaps the worst stretch of his career. He averaged 15 points per game and 8 assists on just 41% shooting.