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Miami Remains 'Possibility' for Chris Paul After Houston Failed to Find 3rd Team for Him

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 06:  Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets and James Harden #13 walk to the locker room after Game Four of the Second Round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center on May 4, 2019 in Houston, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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The end of Chris Paul's NBA tenure may not be quite as sad as we anticipated the moment he arrived in the barren desert of draft pick-laden OKC.

As it turns out, Houston had attempted to add a third team to their Westbrook deal with the Thunder in order to offload CP3 to a more favorable situation.

And that situation might yet be Miami, a city that embraces stars like few NBA landscapes.

Of course, the Heat would likely need a first-rounder from the Thunder to make the acquisition of such a monster contract palatable, depleting their recent stock just a tiny bit.

It would be kind to Paul, who did nothing in this scenario to merit being shipped to a rebuilding situation to clear a spot for the 2017 NBA MVP in H-Town.

We'll see if the Heat, a team that many thought were the preferred (and most likely) destination for Westbrook, choose to recover by adding a far older point guard.

Turns out, Westbrook wanted to reunite with Harden all along, if possible. And it was entirely possible! Just not with a third squad and preferable destination for Paul on board, too.