When the Thunder initially traded for Chris Paul, it was assumed his stint with the team would be short-lived.
At 34-years-old, CP3 doesn't really fit with the Thunder's long-term rebuilding plans just like the Thunder don't fit with Paul's last-ditch effort to win a Championship.
Yet, 20+ games into the season, Paul is still in OKC, with no exit plan in place. In fact, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, it's unlikely he will be traded at any point this season.
Surprisingly, Paul and the Thunder have been in the playoff hunt all season long. Currently, they are tied with the Suns for the 8th seed in the Conference, boasting an 11-14 record.
As for Paul himself, he has been an engine for the team, averaging 15.6 points, 6.3 assists, and 4.2 rebounds in 31 minutes.
The issue with CP3 has never been his game, Rather, it's been the enormous contract, which is set to pay him max money over the next few seasons. Trading for a 34-year-old, past-his-prime star is just not practical.
Luckily for the 9x All-Star, things seem to be working out with the Thunder this season.