June 29 will mark the two-year anniversary of the trade that brought Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets. Nearly 24 months later, it seems as if the future hall-of-fame point guard could be on his way out.
After losing to the Golden State Warriors for the second time in two years, the Rockets will likely look different at the start of the 2019-20 NBA season. In an attempt to reshape his team to overtake the Warriors out West, reports have indicated that Daryl Morey has made every player on the roster available for a trade this summer.
Despite confirming Paul’s safety via social media last weekend, it seems as if CP3 will not be able to avoid any trade rumors this summer.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Miami Heat are expected to make an inquiry with the Rockets about the possibility of obtaining Paul, along with P.J. Tucker and Eric Gordon, in an attempt to upgrade their roster. The Heat aren’t certain there’s an exact match on a potential deal with the Rockets, but they’ll be checking in on CP3 anyway.
With Dwyane Wade no longer a part of the organization due to retirement and Miami one year away from creating some cap space with the expiring contracts of Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside, it’s surprising that the Heat have made Paul one of their targets this offseason.
Sure, CP3 can still be a valuable member to a playoff team, but at 34-years old, it is hard to imagine that anyone would be willing to take on a contract worth $123 million for an aging star.
However, if the Rockets can acquire the expiring contracts of Dragic ($19 million) or Whiteside ($27 million), one can expect Morey to make the Rockets an attractive free agent destination for the summer of 2020.