The Thunder acquired Chris Paul as part of Thursday night's blockbuster trade with the Rockets, but the future Hall of Famer shouldn't get too comfortable in Oklahoma City.
With Paul hoping to play for a real contender, and with the Thunder heading into a rebuild following the departures of Russell Westbrook and Paul George, OKC general manager Sam Presti has been attempting to find a landing spot for Paul. The Heat quickly emerged as a potential trade partner, but they don't seem all that eager to add the nine-time All-Star.
There isn't much of a market for Paul outside of Miami, though there is one team always interested in stars of any kind. Could the Lakers make a play for Paul?
Short answer: highly unlikely.
A Lakers-Thunder trade isn't happening, so the only route would be a buyout. Paul is owed $124 million over the next three years of his contract. Either Paul would have to give a substantial amount of money back, or Presti would have to be willing to eat the cap hit.