Before the start of Game 3 last night of the NBA Finals, Wojnarowski talked with Mike Greenberg about the situation pertaining to the Phoenix Suns and Chris Paul.
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— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 8, 2023
Right now the Suns are going through all their options pertaining to Paul including Waive and Trade options. If the Suns were to waive Paul, they can still resign him on a cheaper deal that wouldn’t be on the $30.8 million dollars that he’s due.
The Suns would still be responsible for $15 million of dead cap hit which would directly go to him and then they can add on to that contract with a cheaper deal that could be somewhere in the $20 million range to keep him.
There’s also the option of trade which I believe the Suns are going to sit on for at least a week to see what teams are interested in him. Obviously, the Suns are going to want depth in return to help build a roster around Devin Booker and Kevin Durant.
However, they’re going to have to try and find a team that is willing to eat up his $30.8 million dollar deal as well as players that make financial sense to round out a roster around Booker, Durant, and center Deandre Ayton who are eating up over 50% of the teams’ cap space.
There are a lot of options on the table that the Suns need to go through in such a short amount of time. We’ll see if any of the scenarios have Paul returning to the team for another title run.