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Heat, Thunder In No Rush To Make Chris Paul Deal

Alex Donno
July 16, 2019 - 7:34 pm

The Miami Heat have been linked to Chris Paul since the nine-time all star landed in Oklahoma City earlier this month. 

At this time, however, the Heat and Thunder are reportedly nowhere near reaching a deal that would send the 34 year old point guard to Miami in a trade. 

ESPN's Brian Windhorst gave his take on the negotiations on Monday evening.

"The fact that the Thunder hold two of the Heat's first round picks in the future (unprotected in 2021 and protected in 2023) makes this a difficult conversation, because the Heat want those picks back," Windhorst said. "The Thunder have expressed interest in giving one of those picks back, but they would want another pick for farther off in the future."

Windhorst says Miami is Paul's preferred destination. We don't know if the feeling is mutual. 

A media source told me on Tuesday that the sticking point has much more to do with Paul's contract than the draft picks. While the draft picks are a minor issue, the real concern Miami has over Paul is his player option year for over $44 million in that final season. That hefty sum will be due to CP3 when he's 37 years old. 

For that reason, OKC would really have to sweeten the deal to get Pat Riley to bite.