“We’ll See Next Week”: Suns Owner Gives Cryptic Response on the Future of Chris Paul

Published 07/29/2021, 1:59 PM EDT
Jan 30, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Devin Booker and Chris Paul resurrected the Phoenix Suns and secured an impressive season. After a runners-up finish in the 2020-21 campaign, the Suns will look to back it up in the upcoming season. However, not many players are assured of their spot in the side. Veteran leader Chris Paul is on top of this list. This leaves the Suns management in a state of bother, and a key position in jeopardy.

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In a season to remember for the Phoenix Suns, Chris Paul excelled for most parts. The point-guard averaged nearly 20 points and 9 assists for the Suns in the playoffs. Combining with Devin Booker to form a deadly duo, the side was a force to be reckoned with. Despite age catching up with the No.3, the interest for Paul in the market still persists.

Guards seem to be the talk of the off-season in the NBA this time around. And Chris Paul is gaining more and more attention. The 36-year-old has a player option, and can either stay with the Suns or leave for another franchise. There is growing anxiety as to whether the sun has set on Paul’s future with Phoenix, and nobody has a guaranteed answer yet. In the latest revelation, the Phoenix Suns owner broke the silence on the Paul saga.

May 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) controls the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half in game four of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Sarver still unsure of Paul’s future

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver is among the more proactive owners in the league. He is a pragmatic figure, and works towards the goal of strengthening his side, no matter what it takes. In a recent appearance on the Burns and Gambo Show, the 59-year-old businessman got candid about the situation regarding Chris Paul.

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Sarver reminded everyone that factors such as the agent, player’s interest, and team staff will play a part in the decision. Upon being asked if something could prevent Paul from staying, Sarver said, “Eh, I don’t know. I’m sure there probably is. But I think our first priority would be to try and get him back but that’ll depend on his agent and James [Jones] and him and me and all that kind of stuff, so I don’t know. We’ll see next week I guess, right?”

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The new season is nearing its start, and some bountiful trades are on the cards. Do you think the Suns will go out of their way to retain Chris Paul? If not for the Suns, where do you see Paul playing next season?

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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