The Phoenix Suns believe Chris Paul could return to the desert.

If Paul elects not to exercise his $44-million player option for next season, there's optimism he and Phoenix will come to an agreement on a new contract once free agency opens Monday, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

A $44-million salary would place Paul among the top earners in the league next season. However, by turning down the lucrative option year, Paul would become an unrestricted free agent, allowing him to negotiate a longer, more expensive contract with all 30 teams.