Earlier this week a report emerged suggesting Phoenix Suns star guard Chris Paul intended to decline his $44 million player option.
“[Chris] Paul has a $44.4 million player option, which according to several sources, he intends to decline with hopes of inking a new multiyear deal (perhaps in the $100 million range over three seasons),” Pincus writes, via Bleacher Report.
Paul has been a spark for the Suns as they compete for an NBA title. However, not everyone is on board with Paul giving up $44 million guaranteed for a new contract.
NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley may have said it best.
“You know I like to drink right? I’ve never been drunk enough to say no to $45 million,” Barkley told Suns reporter Duane Rankin.
I asked Charles Barkley about Chris Paul's player option for next season to stay in Phoenix.
"You know I like to drink right? I've never been drunk enough to say no to $45 million dollars."
— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) June 9, 2021
Paul helped the Suns eliminate longtime friend LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers from the playoffs last week.
He then helped the team take Game 1 against the Denver Nuggets, getting the team one step closer to a Western Conference Finals berth.
Paul might not earn $44 million per year on a new deal, but he could conceivably earn more in the long run if he decides to ink a longterm deal with Phoenix.
We’ll have to wait and see what he and the team decide.