Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets reacts to his basket in a 124-115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Trades are rarely won when starting from a position of weakness, and the realities of Paul's albatross contract and Oklahoma City's status as a non-contender ensures interested teams will begin conversations with some leverage over the Thunder. But as Wojnarowski mentions, the market for Paul could grow after December 15, the date when players who signed free-agent contracts this past off-season become eligible to be included in trade packages.
But according to a new report by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, that may not end up being the case. Matching Paul's salary in a deal is problematic for the Thunder at the moment. It promises to be a competitive environment for Paul to play the season.