Chris Paul stays with Suns – signs four year, $120 million extension

Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 4:58 PM MST|Updated: Aug. 2, 2021 at 5:04 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Chris Paul is staying in the Valley.

The 36-year-old point guard has signed a four year, up to $120 million extension with the Suns, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Paul was a crucial component to the Phoenix Suns this past season, leading them to the NBA Finals where the Suns lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Paul declined his $44.2 million player option and became an unrestricted free agent on August 1. Many Suns fans hoped the veteran will return to Phoenix on a new contract.

The Suns had acquired Paul and Abdel Nader in a mega trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder back in November 2020, where the Suns traded away Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a 2022 first-round pick.

Fans seemed optimistic that the 11x All-Star would return to the Suns and he kept his promise. He posted on his Twitter, “Thank you to Phoenix and all the fans on a great season!! Back to work #CantGiveUpNow.”

Paul served as the veteran point guard on a young Suns team and reunited with his former coach, Monty Williams. Paul averaged 16.4 points and 8.9 assists during the regular season. Paul will return alongside All-Star Devin Booker and breakout star Cameron Payne. Payne signed a 3-year, $19 million deal Monday afternoon, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

In Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals against the Clippers, Paul dropped 41 points and eight assists to propel the Suns into the Finals. After coming up short, Paul and the rest of the Suns squad are ready to run it back.

Rejoice, Suns fans.

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