Phoenis Suns guard Chris Paul can decline his option for the 2021/2022 season and become a free agent. In his first season with the Suns, Paul made his first NBA Finals but failed to win the title. “I don’t know, it’s kind of interesting,” Suns owner Robert Sarver said of Paul's situation during his appearance on in Arizona Sports' Burns & Gambo.
“I had some discussions with him after the season and said, ‘You’ve only been a part of the organization for nine months so there’s really not a lot of history here, but from a team perspective, it was my best season in 17 years and it was your best season in 16 years.’ So there’s really a lot there to keep the two of us together, the Suns and him, but he’s got a decision to make and a business decision and a family decision and all that kind of stuff.
“Unfortunately, it’s not our decision, it’s his decision and he’ll have to decide whether he’s going to become a free agent or opt-in his contract. And we’ll know that in the next three days or something.
Paul hurt but won't retire "It will take a while to process this or whatnot, but it's same mentality," Paul said, per ESPN. "Get back to work. I ain't retiring, if that's what you're asking.
That's out. So, back to work." The Suns led 2-0 in the NBA Finals but the Milwaukee Bucks won the next four games to steal the title. "Everybody in that locker room knows we had enough, but it wasn't enough," Paul said.
"So, we got to figure it out. I think for me, I just look at myself and figure out how can I get better, what I could have done more and make sure I come back next season ready to do it again." Paul became the first player in NBA history to lose four playoff series in which his team held a 2-0 lead "It's laughable when you talk about guys like Chris who have had these unreal careers and yet they get penalized because they haven't won a title," Suns head coach Monty Williams said.
"That was my goal, was to win it for him and Book; those guys have carried us all year long. And Chris, this is my second time coaching him; I know what he puts into his craft, I know the dedication. And so when I hear those sentiments about his career because he hasn't won a championship, it's just silly. It's hard enough to make it to the NBA, let alone be an all-time great, which is what he is."