The internet exploded on Thursday night when the news broke of the reported deal that will send Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul and a set of first-round picks.

But after shipping Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, it became rather clear that the Oklahoma City Thunder were preparing for the future. So why would OKC want to keep 34-year-old Chris Paul? Well, there’s a chance they don’t.

The difficult part here is finding a team that’s willing to take on Paul’s three-year, $124 million deal. It appears the Miami Heat, who were potential suitors for Westbrook, could be in play for Paul, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

As Wojnarowski noted, the Thunder can make the point guard’s contract look much more appealing by attaching one or more first-round picks to it in a potential trade. After all, they have acquired eight first-rounders since draft night on June 20.

Paul’s agent, Leon Rose, is set to speak with OKC general manager Sam Presti in the near future to discuss “what’s next” for the point guard, according to The Athletic’s Sam Amick. Amick reiterated the thought that Miami will likely be in play.

It would make sense for the Thunder to flip Paul, but time will tell where he ultimately ends up.

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