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Chris Paul ‘possibility’ for Miami after Westbrook trade to Rockets

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ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said the Thunder may flip Chris Paul to Miami.

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UPDATE: The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported Friday that “there is no aggressive pursuit” from the Miami Heat to trade for Chris Paul.

The Oklahoma City Thunder traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and draft picks, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday.

This deal came about hours after the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported that talks between the Thunder and Miami Heat reached a “stalemate” after the Heat refused to trade their promising young players — Bam Adebayo, Justise Winslow and Tyler Herro — for Westbrook.

Oklahoma City got two assets from Houston, those first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, to add to their treasure trove of picks from the Los Angeles Clippers (which include Miami’s first-round picks in 2021 and 2023).

Wojnarowski reported that the Heat could land Chris Paul, who seemingly would want out of a rebuilding franchise like the Thunder. Would Oklahoma City be willing to trade Paul for some short-term contracts from the Heat, like Goran Dragic, James Johnson and Dion Waiters?