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Suns reportedly keep Chris Paul on four-year deal

Field Level Media
03 Aug 2021, 11:05 GMT+10

Point guard Chris Paul is staying in Phoenix, agreeing to a four-year deal worth up to $120 million, according to several media reports Monday.

The 36-year-old veteran underwent wrist surgery after leading the Suns to the NBA Finals, but he should be ready for the start of the 2021-22 NBA season, ESPN reported.

Paul opted out of his contract by declining a $44.2 million player option for next season, becoming an unrestricted free agent. He still was coveted by the Suns, who went to the Finals for the first time since 1993 in Paul's first season in Phoenix.

Paul's backup, Cameron Payne, also agreed to terms on a new deal for $19 million over four years, according to Yahoo Sports.

The Suns also plan to add free agent center JaVale McGee on a one-year deal, per multiple reports.

Contract agreements with free agents cannot become official until Aug. 6, the start of the new league year.

Paul played through hand, wrist and shoulder injuries in the 2021 playoffs but was able to guide the Suns into Game 6 of the Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks.

In his 16th NBA season, Paul averaged 16.4 points, 8.9 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game with the Suns. In 20 playoff games, he averaged 19.2 points, 8.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds.

--Field Level Media

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