While both parties were interested in a trade from OKC, Wojnarowski notes that nothing satisfactory has materialized and both sides recognize the benefits of Paul playing the year with the Thunder. Since the Rockets-Thunder trade happened so late in National Basketball Association free agency, there are no contenders with the cap space or roster structure to swing a deal for Paul.
The Rockets also sent first-round picks in 2024 and 2026 to the Thunder in the Paul-Westbrook trade.
If this current offseason has taught us anything it is that stories and reports can change by the second, so it would be wise not to expect this to be the end of the Paul saga.
Paul had a positive experience in Oklahoma City during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, when his New Orleans team was relocated there because of Hurricane Katrina.
Paul began his career in OKC with the Hornets.
Paul, who began his National Basketball Association career in Oklahoma City, averaged 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game for the Rockets last season.
There's a belief that the Thunder will have more success in their attempts to trade Paul after December 15, Woj writes.
Paul has three years and $124 million left on his contract. That's when teams can throw off-season free agent deals in for trades. The Thunder had hoped to win a championship in the near future, but it likely will take some time as the franchise rebuilds. It's believed that the Thunder have a better chance of trading him after that date or possibly even after the 2019-20 season, league sources told Wojnarowski.