Sarver on Chris Paul’s $44 million option: ‘That’s not a hard decision’
Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul has been a crucial piece in the team’s turnaround in 2021.
But while Phoenix is enjoying a deep playoff run, there’s the looming contract situation Paul and the Suns will have to navigate this offseason. The point guard can either opt in to his $44.4 million player option for the 2021-22 season or opt out in hopes of securing a multi-year deal.
From the sounds of it, at least one of those sides isn’t losing much sleep over the upcoming financials.
“That’s not a hard decision,” Suns owner Robert Sarver said on CNBC on Monday. “I know those numbers are kinda hard to fathom for the general public but for me, he’s been worth every penny of it.”
It’s hard to argue with Sarver.
In his first year with the Suns, Paul averaged 16.4 points and 8.9 assists during the regular season, earning an All-NBA Second Team nod.
He’s continued his impressive play in the postseason, putting up 15.7 points and 8.7 assists through 10 playoff games. In the team’s sweep of the Denver Nuggets, Paul averaged 25.5 points and 10.3 assists per outing.
But it’s not just what shows up on the statsheet for Sarver. Despite Paul’s recent absence due to reportedly testing positive for COVID-19, his presence on the team is still being felt.
“He’s been actively engaged with our players and fortunately during the season helped us set a foundation of winning culture and next-man-up [mentality],” Sarver said.
“We’ve got a number of players that are taking advantage of that opportunity and filled in really good [Sunday] night and helped our team to a victory.”