“It will have to be a salary dump,” the front-office executive said. “You might get back a decent player and a draft pick. But mostly, it is getting that contract off your books for the next three years. Chris can’t stay healthy. He has not been the same player. It’s hard to imagine him going back to the way he was.
“If you’re Houston, you’re happy just to move him along and let someone else pay him. But you’re going to have to take back a bad contract in the bargain.”
The reporter adds that the Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks are among the teams that could be interested in Paul.
The Houston pointguard ended the playoffs with averages of 17 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.5 assist and 2.2 steals, shooting 44% from the field, 27% from long range and 84% from the foul line.