The NBA Phoenix Suns made a shocking declaration that they would give up Chris Paul (38). It means that he will not be with Phoenix next season.
He is a ‘genius point guard’. Still, his passing and set offense assembly skills are among the best in the league, a textbook for point guards around the world.
However, he has not been able to recover his usual skills due to frequent injuries such as aging and hamstring injuries at the age of 38. Phoenix acquired Kevin Durant during the season. Phoenix formed the ‘Big 4’ with Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton as the axis, aiming for the presidency, but failed miserably. In particular, Paul showed limitations in defense in the playoffs, and missed the last four playoff games due to injury. This is why Phoenix gave up on Paul.
However, his skills are still formidable.
CBS Sports of the United States said on the 9th (hereinafter Korean time), ‘This summer, Phoenix may trade Chris Paul or give up altogether. A final decision has not yet been made. On June 28, it seems the Suns will make a decision soon.’
Paul signed a four-year, $120 million contract with Phoenix. He has two years left on his contract, a $15.8 million guaranteed contract next season, and nothing guaranteed for the 2024-2025 season.
Trying to trade Paul while keeping his current contract is really difficult. All the clubs know about Paul’s aging.
In the end, it is highly likely that Phoenix will release Paul’s annual salary as a free agent instead of taking it off the salary cap. However, Paul is still full of will to extend his active duty. If Paul makes a pay cut, the trade could be made more smoothly.
He’s still the best passer in the league, and if not a starter, he’s competitive enough in the 10-15 minutes. He’s never won a championship ring, but he has plenty of playoff experience. Assuming he plays as a backup, 10-15 minutes can play a meaningful role not only in the regular league but also in the playoffs.메이저놀이터
It is very attractive to teams that lack playoff experience, such as Philadelphia and Boston. In addition, the LA Lakers, who desperately need a point guard supplement, are also available. Although the LA Lakers have recently talked about the combination of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, it is unlikely that they will bring Irving in reality. However, it’s a different story when it comes to Paul, who drastically lowered his salary.