Oklahoma City's talks to relocate nine-time All-Star guard Chris Paul to a new destination have been halted and there is a growing expectation that he will start the season with thunder, sources in the league said ESPN announced.
Oklahoma City has collaborated with Paul and his agents to find a trade, but nothing is so deeply rooted in the summer-free agency, sources said. Both sides believe that 34-year-old Paul will benefit from playing the year with thunder. It is currently believed that there could be more success in researching trading scenarios after 15 December – or even after the 2019-20 season has ended, sources in the league said.
The market expands on December 1
The Thunder exchanged Russell Westbrook against the Houston Rockets against Paul, two future first-round picks and two pick swaps.
] As trade between Houston and Oklahoma City ended so late – along with three years and $ 124 million Paul had under contract – there are no competitors who could sign a contract with Paul. The Thunder closed its dealings with Houston to meet Westbrook's wishes, but the subsequent talks with Paul and his agents revealed that two sides believed that a joint season could be beneficial to both.
Here's the formula for why:  * 40% of players under contract can not be traded.
* There are no teams with a significant cap space (ATL has the most @ $ 7M).
* The biggest trade exception is GSW ($ 17.2M) with a hard cap – Next comes DAL @ $ 11.8M https://t.co/H6FExQmTAf[19459003)-BobbyMarks(@BobbyMarks42) 17 July 2019
The General Manager of Thunder, Sam Presti, welcomes the idea that Paul is playing for his franchise. This season, Paul has warmed to the idea of thunder as a landing pad for the year, based on the organization and a competitive talent level. The Thunder has no opponent of the Western Conference, but a core with Paul, Danilo Gallinari, Steven Adams, Dennis Schroder and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who will not attend the NBA's annual race. It promises to be a competitive environment for Paul to play the season.
Paul had a positive experience in Oklahoma City in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons when his New Orleans team was transferred there because of hurricane Katrina.  Currently, Oklahoma City is not forced to issue a compensation bill to dump Paul's contract, sources said. The Thunder wants to be competitive and believes that Paul can act as a mentor to Gilgeous-Alexander, a second-year guard who is considered the franchise's future playmaker.
Oklahoma City has collected eight future first-round picks for the Paul George and Westbrook trades since the beginning of the freelance agency, including the Miami's First Class 2021 and 2023 Clippers. Miami's Pick 2021 is unprotected. The Thunder achieved between the NBA drafts for 2020 and 2026 up to 15 first-round picks.