Chris Paul agrees to four-year, $120 million deal with Suns
Chris Paul has reportedly agreed to a four-year deal worth up to $120 million with the Phoenix Suns, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Paul is one of the biggest free agents this 2021 offseason. At 36 years old, Paul is still considered one of the best point guards in the league and has garnered interest from several contending teams.
CP3 declined his player option worth $44.2 million with the Phoenix Suns on Sunday to become an unrestricted free agent and negotiate a new deal.
BREAKING NEWS: Free agent star Chris Paul reaches agreement with Phoenix Suns on four-year, up to $120 million contract that will expire when he’s 40, league sources tell @YahooSports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 2, 2021
Even at the tail-end of his career, Chris Paul has managed to maintain his elite level of play. When he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2019, many thought that it was the final chapter of his career–that there was little hope for him to win his first title.
However, Paul miraculously guided the young Thunder squad to a decent 44-28 regular-season record for fifth in the West. In the playoffs, they battled it out against the Houston Rockets in seven games.
His performance was enough to attract the attention of the Suns, who raised eyebrows for going 8-0 in the bubble. In an interesting turn of events, this stellar showing by Phoenix was enough to get the Point God to buy in.
It didn’t take long for Paul and the Suns to mesh. They locked in the second seed in the Western Conference with a 51-21 record. In the playoffs, they ousted the then-defending champions Los Angeles Lakers in the first round before taking down the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers to advance to the NBA Finals.
With the Suns, Paul hopes to continue to add to his legacy as one of the finest point guards of all time.