After declining his $ 44 million player option for the 2021-22 season, veteran 13-year-old Chris Paul is reportedly set to return to the Phoenix Suns after agreeing to a long-term contract with the 2021 Western Conference Champions. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal will be worth up to $ 120 million over the next four years.
While the length of the contract was cause for concern due to Paul’s age (36), FS1’s Ric Bucher reports that the third season of Paul’s contract is partially guaranteed, while the final year is not guaranteed.
Paul’s deal with the Suns last season, one of the most decorated players of all time, was seen as the main catalyst for the team’s formidable run into the 2021 NBA Finals. Though Paul, Devin Booker and the Suns would eventually fall against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in six games, Phoenix proved to be formidable opponents from the start of the 2020/21 season until the end.
The Suns are obviously hoping to recreate that magic by bringing back a point guard who has a reputation for being tough as well as intelligent and a player as talented as him who is committed to being a leader.
Paul averaged 16.4 points, 8.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game last season while shooting 49.9 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from 3-point range. In the postseason, Paul averaged 19.2 points, 8.6 assists, and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 49.7 percent from the field and 44.6 percent from the depth.