The offseason is upon us after a dizzying run for the Phoenix Suns one which, ultimately, ended in a disappointing six-game NBA Finals loss to the Bucks. Now comes the sobering reality that was always bound to follow up this dream season with Chris Paul at the helm: This summer, Paul has the option to hit free agency and if he does, the Suns will have to pay up to keep him.
That means team owner Robert Sarver will have to do the right thing, open his checkbook and keep Paul in place. While Sarver has done well to stay out of the spotlight recently, history shows that if the fate of the team comes down to how he handles the Paul situation, there is reason to be nervous.
On Sunday, NBA insider extraordinaire Adrian Wojnarowski boiled it down on a special NBA Countdown show.
“This is a test for Robert Sarver,” Woj said. “It is not inconceivable that Chris Paul opts out and enters the free-agent market.”
Paul has until August 1 to decide whether he will opt out of the final year of his contract, scheduled to pay him a whopping $44 million. Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus reported earlier that Paul, “intends to decline” that option.