Chris Paul’s future with the Phoenix Suns uncertain after multiple conflicting reports

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) in the second half of Game 1 of an NBA second-round...
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) in the second half of Game 1 of an NBA second-round basketball series Saturday, April 29, 2023, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)(David Zalubowski | AP)
Published: Jun. 7, 2023 at 2:31 PM MST|Updated: Jun. 7, 2023 at 3:59 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) Some believe that Chris Paul’s time in the desert has come to an end, as the Phoenix Suns have reportedly decided to move on from the future NBA Hall of Famer.

According to Chris Haynes, senior NBA insider for TNT and the Bleacher Report, the Suns notified Paul on Wednesday that he is being waived, making him a free agent. Paul will be one of the top free agents this offseason. However, Shams Charania with The Athletic reports that conversations between the team and Paul are still ongoing. Charania says the Suns could choose to trade Paul, extend his contract or waive and re-sign him.

Fans reacted to the news of Paul possibly leaving the Valley of the Sun. Some thought the move would be good for the star point guard, while others were disappointed with the news. “He helped us get to a place where we could never get through the threshold. But he is an aging star. It’s sad to see him maybe go, but it’s also a good thing to see him try to help this team maybe more than he could have with us in the upcoming years,” said Austin Felix. “It’s a pride thing for him. He’s like if you don’t want me here, I’ll go somewhere else. And you know LeBron is talking to him, other people are calling him. Now, he’s got options for a long time. And I know he feels good to have options now,” added Delsean Ferrer.

Paul first joined the Suns in 2020 after the Oklahoma Thunder traded him and Abdel Nader for Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a 2022 first-round pick. This last season, he averaged nearly 14 points a game and roughly nine assists. However, the All-Star still has two years left on his four-year, $120 million contract.

The Suns have been through quite the offseason, so far. The team lost to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Semifinals, and the team fired ex-head coach Monty Williams. The news of Paul’s departure comes a day after the organization introduced new head coach Frank Vogel. Vogel previously served as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers from 2019-2022.

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