The market expands on December 15, when players who signed offseason free-agent deals can become eligible to be included in trade packages.
The Thunder have been working with Paul to find a trade partner, but have not found one, according to the report, leading to the conclusion that Paul could very likely start the season in Oklahoma City.
Late last week, the Houston Rockets traded Paul and two future first-round picks to the Thunder for Russell Westbrook in a blockbuster deal.
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Moving Paul will take some maneuvering, with $124.1 million remaining on the final three years of his contract.
"Thunder general manager Sam Presti welcomes the idea of Paul playing for his franchise this season, and Paul has warmed to the idea of the Thunder as a landing spot for the year based on the organization and a competitive talent-level", Wojnarowski wrote. They could also be pretty good, too, with a core of Paul, Shae Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, and Steven Adams.
Paul played his rookie season in Oklahoma City as a member of the New Orleans Hornets, who temporarily relocated that year after Hurricane Katrina.
When the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired Chris Paul this offseason, the consensus around the National Basketball Association was that he'd be shipped to another team. Before confirming his move to Los Angeles, Leonard recruited George and convinced the 29-year-old to join him in Southern California-where both players hail from. Since the Rockets-Thunder trade happened so late in National Basketball Association free agency, there are no contenders with the cap space or roster structure to swing a deal for Paul.