The Phoenix Suns were one of the biggest surprises of the 2020-21 NBA season as they made it through the Western Conference and advanced to the NBA Finals. While receiving contributions from players up and down their roster, it was the addition of Chris Paul who most pointed to as the move that took the promising, young roster and pushed them over the top.
Now with free agency looming, Paul seeks to monetize his game during the 2020-21 campaign and secure a long-term contract. According to Shams Charania from The Athletic, Paul has turned down his $ 44.2 million option for the 2021-22 season, making him an unlimited free agent.
It remains to be seen what the market will look like for Paul when the free agency opens on August 2, or if the veteran point guard is interested in looking elsewhere in the league when he negotiates his next contract. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Suns are optimistic that they can reach a new deal with the All-Star point guard.
However, it is safe to assume that Paul will make a big difference no matter where he ends up signing when he played the lead role in his first season, where the Suns averaged 16.4 points, 8.9 assists and 4, 5 rebounds pr. Match.