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Chris Paul Committed to Phoenix, Had no Plans of Leaving the Suns

The Phoenix Suns turnaround has been one like anything we have ever seen before in the NBA.

A team that has been an annual Western Conference basement dweller won all eight of its NBA bubble games in 2020 only to fall short of a postseason berth. The following year, the Suns acquired Chris Paul and sky rocketed to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993.

Devin Booker has taken a big step towards becoming a superstar in this league and DeAndre Ayton made huge strides in his own development. Above all, Paul’s impact on the Suns cannot be disputed and with free agency looming, Paul helped elevate the Suns from a potential playoff team to an NBA powerhouse.

Despite falling in the Finals to the Milwaukee Bucks, Paul didn’t take long making his free agent decision as for him, the decision was a simple one to make.

“It was an easy decision,” said Paul, who signed a four-year, $120 million deal to remain with the Suns. “Not only did I love the basketball aspect, I’m close to family (in Los Angeles) and Phoenix is a family, too. I’m excited to be back there.”

The commitment came very early into free agency as Paul appeared to have no interest in leaving Phoenix or even courting other potential suitors. The deal itself guarantees only $75 million of the total $120 million, but that did not seem to bother the superstar point guard much at all.

“The thing I’m looking forward to now is our approach to the every day,” Paul explained. “You don’t start the season and get to automatically end up at the Finals again. It’s another building process, and I’m excited about going through this experience with these guys because I went as far (in the playoffs) as I’ve ever been. We’ll be on this journey of something new together.”

The Suns will surely enter this upcoming season as one of the favourites to come out of the Western Conference.

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