Will Chris Paul Leave the Phoenix Suns After Rejecting His Player Option?

Published 08/02/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
May 13, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) dribbles the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA offseason did not take time to kick in as the Lakers acquired Russell Westbrook. In addition, there are some big names who have opted out of their player option and may look for new teams. Players like Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul, and DeMar DeRozan are free agents.

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Chris Paul and Phoenix have made a special bond. They took CP3 to his first-ever NBA finals. Unfortunately, they lost but it was an impressive run. They defied all odds and made it to the center stage. However, Chris has declined his player option with the Phoenix Suns making himself available to other teams.

Jul 17, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) passes the ball in front of Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) during game five of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

So could this be the end of the road for Chris Paul in Phoenix?

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According to Jordan Schutz, the teams he has spoken to have said that CP3 is likely to return with the Suns. Hence, they have no clear reason to pursue him even though he is a free agent. Chris Paul is likely to look for a longer duration contract with the Suns.

Hence, this may be a part of the process. After their Conference finals win, Chris Paul gave a heartfelt speech about how much the organization means to him as well. He saw success in the playoffs after a very long time. He averaged 19 points and almost 9 assists in the playoffs.

However, numbers don’t do his role justice. He is the leader of this organization. The Suns broke their 10-year playoff drought as soon as CP3 came in. He taught this team how to compete and win as a team. Moreover, Chris Paul and Devin Booker became one of the most lethal backcourt duos in the NBA.

Jul 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) speaks with guard Chris Paul (3) against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half in game one of the 2021NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

So him leaving them does seem unlikely. But if he does, where can he go?

Who can sign CP3?

The first team that comes to mind when you hear star and free agent is the New York Knicks. The Knicks are looking to recruit as many stars in this off-season as they can. Moreover, they have the cap space to make multiple signings possible. Also, they have a young team similar to the Suns. This is where the genius of Paul comes into play. A trio of RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, and Chris Paul could work wonders if they come together.

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Jun 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) and center Deandre Ayton (22) celebrate beating the LA Clippers in game six of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The other team would be New Orleans Pelicans. Former number 1 pick, Zion Williamson may lose his point guard this offseason as Lonzo is also a free agent. Moreover, their whole team comprises upcoming players. Brandon Ingram has been the breakout star as he has averaged almost 24 points for the past 2 seasons. However, they need a leader like Chris Paul who can help them compete.

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Where do you want to see CP3 next season? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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