Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul is turning down his $ 44.2 million player option for the 2021-22 season and becoming an unrestricted free agent, The Athletic and Stadium reported Sunday.
Teams can begin negotiating with players on Monday at 6 p.m. ET when the NBA’s free agency period officially begins.
Paul, 36, helped the Suns reach the NBA Finals for the first time since the 1992-93 season after averaging 16.4 points and 8.9 assists in 70 games last season. He was acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder by a 2022 first-round pick.
The eleven-time All-Star has played on three different teams in the same number of seasons, so the prospect of moving forward is not unfamiliar to him. Paul’s family, in fact, continues to make Los Angeles their main home.
Paul has averaged 18.3 points and 9.4 assists in 1,090 career games since he was selected by the then New Orleans Hornets as the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. He has also played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma. City Thunder.
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