Report: Daryl Morey Hoped Chris Paul Would Be Sent to Miami Heat in Trade'
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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey reportedly wanted Chris Paul to go to the Miami Heat this past summer.

Instead, Paul ended up with the Oklahoma City Thunder, when Morey decided to part ways with the nine-time All-Star to acquire Russell Westbrook.

According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Morey wanted to add the Heat as a third team in the blockbuster trade.

“Morey declined comment on Paul, saying he was told he wouldn’t be traded to the Thunder, but sources close to the Rockets say Morey told Paul days before the trade there was a ‘slim chance’ he could be dealt to the Thunder and that message may have been misinterpreted,” wrote Spears. “Morey had hoped the Thunder would add a third team, preferably the Miami Heat, where Paul could land on a playoff contender. But no other team joined the Paul-Westbrook deal.”

A tandem of Paul and four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler would have been a devastating combo on the Heat. The duo could have potentially carried Miami to the top of the Eastern Conference by season’s end, provided none of the team’s key players were involved in a trade.

Though they failed to strike a deal for Paul this past summer, the Heat are in a good spot with a 15-5 record, second-best in the Eastern Conference. Turns out, Miami’s front office knew what it was doing when it refused to trade away young players in return for the aging star.

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Omar is a freelance writer who has followed the NBA for more than 30 years. Prior to the Internet, he devoured every reading material he could find on the game from newspaper articles to books and magazines. He became a Heat fan the moment they acquired Tim Hardaway and his killer crossover, and lamented not seeing him and Alonzo Mourning win a championship. Seeing Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh play in Miami was a surreal moment for him and more so after they validated the Decision with back-to-back championships. He is ecstatic to cover Miami basketball for Heat Nation.