If the Oklahoma City Thunder continue driving such a hard bargain, Chris Paul may remain with the team far longer than anyone anticipated.

In a story indicating the Thunder’s inability to find attractive trade offers for Paul and willingness to play out the 2019-20 season with him on the roster, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski noted that general manager Sam Presti doesn’t want to surrender draft picks to unload the future Hall of Famer.

For now, Oklahoma City doesn’t feel a need to surrender draft compensation to unload Paul’s contract, sources said. They want to be competitive and believe that Paul can serve as a mentor to Gilgeous-Alexander, a second-year guard who’s considered the franchise’s future playmaker.

It bears reminding that the Thunder are best-served by insisting they’re comfortable holding onto Paul for the foreseeable future.