Chris Paul May 1, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) controls the ball in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets during game two of the 2023 NBA playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns disappointed many on Thursday. Those that expected them to be NBA Championship contenders were probably shocked by their Game 6 loss against the Denver Nuggets.  The Nuggets eliminated them from postseason contention and now it’s onto the off-season. There are now some straightforward questions about the team’s direction. Star point guard Chris Paul could seemingly be on the move this offseason.

Paul’s notably missed games 3-6 of their recent series due to a groin injury. His absence seemingly played a significant role in the Suns’ downfall against the Nuggets.

The veteran point guard isn’t getting any younger. Recent reports suggest that the Suns may opt to go in a different direction. According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, the Suns are expected to explore what they might get if they traded Paul this offseason. MacMahon even went as far as to say that it is “pretty likely” that Chris Paul will likely play for another team next season.

Paul is set to receive half of his $30.8 million salary in fully guaranteed money for next season if he is not traded by the June 28th deadline.

Given the Suns’ string of disappointments in recent years, the NBA world largely agrees that the Suns may be better off without the future Hall of Fame point guard.

Reporters asked Paul directly about this report on Friday, where he seemingly plans to take the wait-and-see approach.

“My contract is not up; you know what I mean? Unfortunately, I’m not the GM or anything like that, so we’ll see.”

Paul certainly played a massive role in making the Suns a contender in the first place. The organization was in a ten-year playoff drought which was snapped when Paul joined the team in the 2020-21 season. Regardless, they may be planning to go in another direction.


About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.