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Timberwolves And Thunder Could Swap Chris Paul, Andrew Wiggins

(via Sporting News)

(via Sporting News)

When the Thunder traded Russell Westbrook to the Rockets, they did so for the haul of picks they'd get in return. In a way, Chris Paul was the caveat to the deal, with his contract being necessary to make things work financially.

Right away, we knew it was a partnership not meant to last. What place does a 34-year-old point guard have on a rebuilding OKC Thunder team?

Thunder GM SamPresti has been working to flip Paul for even more assets but has struggled to secure a deal after talks with the Heat broke down. Reports are that both sides (OKC and Paul) are opening up to the idea of starting the season together.

But in a recent piece by The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel, he suggests a very interesting alternative option for CP3 and the Thunder that includes a swap with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins.

So what if the Thunder went back to the well. What if the Thunder did what Houston did. Trade a virtually-impossible-to-trade contract for a difficult-to-trade contract.

What if the Thunder worked a deal with the Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins?

The Minnesota wing has a burdensome contract – four years remaining, paying $27.5 million, $29.5 million, $31.5 million and $33.6 million.

The plus side for the Timberwolves is that (1) it gives them a reliable point guard who can spread the floor, mentor the youngsters, and create easy shots for Karl-Anthony Towns and (2) Paul's contract only extends for three more seasons as opposed to Wiggins' 4-year deal. They might even get some picks in the trade.

For the Thunder, they would be getting a Pandora's box in Wiggins, who has failed to live up to the hype since being drafted #1 overall in 2014. Still, it is a project the team would be more than willing to take on. With no pressure to win big, and time to grow into his own, Wiggins might thrive in an environment like OKC.

While admittedly unlikely, don't be shocked if you hear these two teams talking at some point during the summer and even into the season.