Chris Paul trade rumors: Will Thunder move guard again after acquiring him for Russell Westbrook?

Chris Paul is a member of the Thunder. But, there’s a chance he’s with another organization at some point in the near future.

Oklahoma City acquired the 34-year-old guard, along with two first-round selections and two pick swaps, from the Rockets on Thursday in exchange for Russell Westbrook, according to a report from ESPN.

Paul is a nine-time All-Star and one of the best point guards to ever play. All that is missing from his resume is a championship, which he undoubtedly wants to be chasing in the twilight of his career. The Thunder may not be the team for him, as they appear set to enter a rebuild after moving not only Westbrook, but Paul George (Clippers) and Jerami Grant (Nuggets), as well.

The Thunder tried to find a third team to move Paul to in the deal, according to ESPN, and his future remains unclear.

The Thunder are likely to consult with Paul to find out “what he wants,” according to a separate report from ESPN. Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti has already spoken to Paul’s agent, Leon Rose, that report says.

Oklahoma City completed the deal with the hopes of Paul being part of the team, according to The Athletic.

But, Paul, his agent and Presti will speak again about next steps. The Thunder would have interest in completing a deal with the Heat, if that’s what Paul prefers. Paul would be teamed up with Jimmy Butler in Miami, who was also reportedly pursuing Westbrook.  

Paul struggled with injuries and had a down season in 2018-19, but he’s still a valuable floor leader and scorer, despite his massive contract (three years, $124.1 million).

He has a chance to help mentor the Thunder’s new, young core — including Shai Gilgeous-Alexander — or he could become a contributor elsewhere, on a team with more of a chance to win a title.