Chris Paul reaffirms he will not opt out of deal for move to contender — OKC Thunder Wire

The Thunder’s success this season seems to have strengthened Chris Paul’s resolve.

Chris Paul reaffirms he will not opt out of deal for move to contender — OKC Thunder Wire

As has been well-documented, Paul, who recently turned 35 years old, has two seasons and about $85 million due to him under his current deal. The final year of the deal is a player option worth about $44 million, though, and once upon a time, there were some who wondered whether Paul would be willing to opt out of the final year in order to either help make him a more desirable trade target for contenders or exercise his right to free agency early.

Paul, to no fault of his own, still isn’t hearing it.

He said he wouldn’t opt out in January, and he doubled-down when he appeared on ESPN’s First Take with Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and guest host Charly Arnolt on Friday.

The pertinent exchange occurred when Kellerman referred back to the interview Paul did with Sports Illustrated in January where the point guard said there was “no chance” he’d leave the money on the table.

His stance, predictably, hasn’t changed.

“January was like a lifetime ago… You told Sports Illustrated at that point that you didn’t have any plans to opt out of the last year, $44 million, of your contract to seek a trade or anything like that… Where are you with that today?” Kellerman asked.

Paul remained consistent.

“I don’t control that… Sam Presti has been amazing this year and Oklahoma was amazing, obviously we’ll see what happens this summer or whatnot. It’s nice to be here and be close to my family. I think for me, I’m gonna let everything play out, see what happens, but I’m in a good place. I wish we could’ve kept advancing in the playoffs, but I don’t have no plans of opting out no time soon, neither.

As gifted as he is, Paul will turn 37 years old in the final year of his contract, and the $44 million he’ll be paid for the 2021-22 season is not money he’d be able to recoup should he opt out and leave it on the table.

Furthermore, Paul’s resurgence could bring teams such as the New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns or Chicago Bulls to the table. Each of the teams could benefit from bringing in a winner like Paul and they, unlike say, the Milwaukee Bucks, have differing levels of young players and draft capital that may be enticing to Oklahoma City.

Paul, though, isn’t doing anyone any favors, and in the twilight of his career, he certainly isn’t leaving $44 million on the table. Nor should he.

Chris Paul Drawing League-Wide Interest for Potential Trade — LEAGUE ALERTS

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Chris Paul Drawing League-Wide Interest for Potential Trade — LEAGUE ALERTS

After stunning the entire NBA community this season, many teams in the NBA are interested in future hall of fame guard, Chris Paul. Currently the Bucks, Jazz, 76ers, Mavericks, Pelicans, Suns, and Pelicans are all interested per Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson.

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Bucks

After falling in the playoffs in the second-round, the Bucks will look to strengthen their roster with an all-star veteran guard to accompany Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton to form a “Big 3”. The Bucks would likely have to trade their young talent away in order to get Chris Paul since the Thunder are headed for a rebuild. Donte DiVincenzo and first-round draft picks would likely be included.Advertisements

Jazz

The Jazz fell short in the first-round of the playoffs this year and would likely use Chris Paul to form a “Big 3” with Mitchell and Gobert. The Jazz do not have as many young assets to trade which makes a Paul trade to the Jazz less likely than other teams.

76ers

The 76ers have hit a wall with Simmons and Embiid and will likely try to trade for Paul in order to get past the wall. The 76ers have three players that could interest the Thunder a lot. Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, and Shake Milton could all interest the Thunder along with some future draft picks.

Mavericks

The Mavericks fell to the Clippers in round-one of the playoffs and will look to strengthen their roster with Paul. The Mavericks do not have many young assets to trade to the Thunder making a trade between the two teams unlikely, but if the Mavericks do put something together that interests the Thunder, the Mavericks are looking to trade for Paul this offseason.

Pelicans

The Pelicans have plenty of young talent and after failing to make the playoffs this season, they will look to bring in Chris Paul to take them to the next level. Aside from Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, it appears that the Pelicans could be willing to trade anyone else on their team. The Thunder will likely be interested in trading Paul for some of the rest of their young talent such as Lonzo Ball, along with some draft picks.

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LeBron James’ sendoff for Chris Paul, the architect of the NBA’s restart — Press Telegram

Editor’s note: This is the Friday Sept. 4 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon, who is among the few reporters in the country with a credential inside the NBA bubble. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — When he was asked about Chris…

LeBron James’ sendoff for Chris Paul, the architect of the NBA’s restart — Press Telegram

Chris Paul’s big 4th helps Thunder force Game 7 vs. Rockets — Press Telegram

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Chris Paul gave the Oklahoma City Thunder at least one more game in the bubble, scoring 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter for a 104-100 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night in Game 6 of a Western Conference first-round series. Paul made two free…

Chris Paul’s big 4th helps Thunder force Game 7 vs. Rockets — Press Telegram

Chris Paul & Antoine Fuqua Working On New Doc About COVID-19’s Impact On Sports — Baller Alert

Athletes from every major international sport will discuss the toll that the Coronavirus has taken on the sports world in the upcoming documentary titled The Day That Sports Stood Still. Antoine Fuqua is set to direct, with Imagine Documentaries producing the feature. Filming is said to already be underway. The idea for the documentary was […]

Chris Paul & Antoine Fuqua Working On New Doc About COVID-19’s Impact On Sports — Baller Alert

NBA Rumors: Celtics Rivals To Seek Chris Paul Trade To Build ‘Winning Culture?’ — NESN.com

Chris Paul might have won over some influential admirers March 6 during his last visit to Madison Square Garden. Some members of the New York Knicks organization see the the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard as the ideal addition to help build a winning culture under newly installed president Leon Rose, according to SNY’s Ian…

NBA Rumors: Celtics Rivals To Seek Chris Paul Trade To Build ‘Winning Culture?’ — NESN.com

Chris Paul: NBA Players Would Need ‘At Least 3-4 Weeks’ to Regain Playing Shape — Darnell’s Notebook

Oklahoma City Thunder star Chris Paul thinks it could take “at least three to four weeks” for NBA players get back into playing shape during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday… from Bleacher Report – NBA https://ift.tt/2XUNZBs via IFTTT

Chris Paul: NBA Players Would Need ‘At Least 3-4 Weeks’ to Regain Playing Shape — Darnell’s Notebook

Chris Paul has quieted his critics with his stellar play and health — The450Times

The Houston Rockets, with James Harden and Chris Paul, were one win away from taking down the Golden State Warriors during their prime, but Chris Paul injured his hamstring in a well-known pivotal Game 6. Following another loss to the unstoppable Warriors in the following season, the Rockets felt as though changes were needed and […]

Chris Paul has quieted his critics with his stellar play and health — The450Times

Sources: CP3, Young, LaVine plan on H-O-R-S-E — ESPN

NBA stars Chris Paul, Trae Young and Zach LaVine are among those expected to compete in a televised H-O-R-S-E competition that will also include WNBA players and NBA alums, sources told ESPN.

Sources: CP3, Young, LaVine plan on H-O-R-S-E —

The NBA and ESPN are finalizing plans to televise a H-O-R-S-E shooting competition, with stars Chris Paul of Oklahoma CityTrae Young of Atlanta and Zach LaVine of Chicago among those expected to participate, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

The competition will include a couple of WNBA stars and fairly recent NBA alumni, sources said.

Players would be filmed competing at home locations — on indoor or outdoor courts — and compete shot for shot in the traditional playground game, sources said.

Young, an All-Star selection in his second season, joked with LaVine, a two-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion, on Twitter.Trae Young@TheTraeYoung

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Half Court Shots Only https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1247976085649862657 …Adrian Wojnarowski✔@wojespnSources: The NBA and ESPN plan to televise a HORSE competition is nearing completion and among those expected to participate include Chris Paul, Trae Young and Zach LaVine. Competition will also include a couple of WNBA players and recent NBA alumni.3,779Twitter Ads info and privacy417 people are talking about this

LaVine competed in the NBA 2K20 Players Tournament, losing in the first round last week.

The NBA suspended play on March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic, and there is no expectation that the league can resume play anytime soon.

Current NBA isolation protocols governing players prohibit them from competing together in the same location.