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Chris Paul/Heat rumors are back. Is it much ado about nothing?

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I sure hope so.

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With the NBA season quickly approaching, The Athletic’s Shams Carania reported Monday that the Miami Heat “have a level of interest” in pursuing a trade for Chris Paul.

If this feels similar, that’s because it is. Shortly following the Russell Westbrook/Paul trade, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Miami was a “possibility” for Paul. He then reported that the Thunder’s attempts to trade the nine-time All-Star had stalled.

I’ve written before about why the Heat shouldn’t trade for Chris Paul. All the same points apply today. With two future Miami first-round picks, Oklahoma City has an incentive for the Heat to finish poorly. Paul’s production has cratered the last three years. And he has three years left on his contract, preventing the Heat from having cap space in 2021.

Of course, having “a level of interest” doesn’t mean much. And Carania says that Miami “will likely elect to see how it starts the season before gauging a new pursuit” for the Point God. But the Heat shouldn’t look to trade Paul even if they have a disappointing start.

After all, Pat Riley should look for ways to get the Heat closer to a fourth championship. Paul is an upgrade over Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow now, but not by much.

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