I Phoenix Suns they finally decided they didn’t want to retain Chris Paul beyond this season. The veteran, recently turned 38, earns too much and offers too few physical guarantees to continue to be a cornerstone of the franchise that, with Booker and Durant, will aim for the title next season. Also in these Playoffs, CP3 went down leaving the Suns to play most of the series against Denver without him.
According to Chris Haynes, these hours Phoenix, which in recent days has made Frank Vogel official as its new coach, would have informed Paul of the decision to cut him. The point guard will earn $30.8 million next year, of which, however, only 15.8 are guaranteed. By cutting him, Phoenix would save 15 million in salary cap even though it would lose about as much, which would remain occupied by CP3’s salary despite his departure. On the Suns’ side, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, the decision would not yet be final and Phoenix will explore various options, such as a trade (also involving DeAndre Ayton).
– Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 7, 2023
The scenarios are still in flux, in short. The will of the point guard, who has never won an NBA title so far, would be to stay in Phoenix, a franchise that would offer him a good chance to try again next year. The team has until June 28 to decide, after which Paul’s contract will become fully guaranteed for next season.