The Phoenix Suns fell just short in their pursuit for an NBA Championship, as they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games. The Suns were flying high after the first two games when they opened up a 2-0 series lead.
The Bucks built momentum in their two home games that they never surrendered, coming back from a big early deficit in Game 5, closing out the series with four straight wins.
Now, the Suns will head into the offseason, where they will look to do a little retooling. Adding a big man will be paramount as Dario Saric will likely be sidelined for all of the 2021-22 season after tearing his ACL in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Suns could also look different at the point guard position.
Cameron Payne, who has been a revelation for the team since they signed him for the Orlando Bubble. He was an integral part of the team’s rotation all of this season and stepped up big time when Chris Paul was hampered.
Paul himself will also be a free agent this offseason as he will likely decline his player option worth $44.2 million and look to secure a multi-year deal. A three-year deal is most likely, as anything over that would trigger the NBA’s over-38 rule, which was increased from the over-36 rule in the last CBA.
While all signs seemingly point to Chris Paul returning to Phoenix, there will certainly be other teams courting him in free agency. Here are three teams Paul should consider leaving the Suns for.
The Dallas Mavericks need to start turning things around on the court or risk the loss of Luka Doncic down the road. If they are unable to start building a winning roster around him, what is keeping him from exploring other options so that he can start to win in the playoffs?
The Mavericks haven’t advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs since they won the NBA Title in 2011. Adding a player of Chris Paul’s caliber may be what helps get them over the hump.
As we saw throughout the 2020-21 season with the Phoenix Suns, Paul still has plenty to offer a team. He had some monster performances scoring the ball in the postseason, including 37 points against the Denver Nuggets and 41 against his former team, the LA Clippers, in closeout games. The Mavericks lacked that kind of co-star.