UPDATE: The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported Friday that “there is no aggressive pursuit” from the Miami Heat to trade for Chris Paul.
Per league source, Heat doing due diligence on Chris Paul, but there is no aggressive pursuit on Heat's part, unlike efforts to get Westbrook before his trade yesterday— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) July 12, 2019
The Oklahoma City Thunder traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and draft picks, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019
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?
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