Pros and cons of the Thunder keeping Chris Paul long-term

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The Oklahoma City Thunder underwent a series of significant changes prior to the start of the 2019-20 season. They could be headed to a similar situation in the near future with the future of Chris Paul being a significant factor.

Despite trading away Paul George and Russell Westbrook last summer, the Thunder managed to stay competitive and held the fifth seed in the Western Conference standings prior to the suspension of the 2019-20 NBA season.

A key factor in the Thunder remaining competitive has been the veteran leadership and general presence of Paul. He has served as a highly impactful primary ball-handler while also being a mentor to the young players in the locker room.

Many were questioning whether age had finally caught up to Paul after the way his short stint with the Houston Rockets had ended. He managed to prove that narrative wrong on a seemingly nightly basis during his first season with the Thunder, but how long will he be in Oklahoma City?

With that being said, here are the pros and cons of the Thunder keeping Chris Paul long-term.

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