Twelve-time All-Star Chris Paul might leave Phoenix Suns, who are trying to build an exit path for their point guard. Paul has some years left on his contract, but the salary cap he occupies might be the Suns’ concern.
There are rumors that Chris might play for the Atlanta Hawks. Here’s speculation over if the Hawks can really sign Chris Paul!
How much does Chris Paul earn with his current contract?
The 38-year-old will mint $30M this year if he stays and another $30.8M in the next year. His four-year contract is worth $120M and would terminate in the 2024-25 season.
Why do the Suns want Chris Paul to leave?
Chris is aged 38 and even though he has been one of the finest in the business, injuries have been a major concern. In the last two years, Paul missed 40 games.
Nobody can doubt the American point guard when it comes to his performance, but his age and health don’t align with the salary he earns. The Suns would like to bid him off if they can.
Golden State Warriors Potential Rotation for 2023-24 Season
Stephen Curry/Chris Paul/Cory Joseph
Klay Thompson/Moses Moody/Brandin Podziemski/Gary Payton II
Andrew Wiggins/Jonathan Kuminga
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— NBA Latest (@nba_latest_) July 8, 2023
How did Chris Paul perform last season?
Paul played 59 games last season and averaged 13.9 points and 8.9 assists per game. He also managed to have a 37.5 3-point field goal percentage.
The performance speaks tons about him and cements the fact that there are not many who come close to the 38-year-old when he’s healthy.
Can the Atlanta Hawks really sign Chris Paul?
Chris Paul to Atlanta is messier than it looks. They’ll face a $13+ M luxury tax bill if they can’t reduce their salary, and they would not love to do that.
They could have traded John Collins who has a $25.3M salary in his 5 years long $125M contract but the new CBA restricts the money they can take back as they are already very close to crossing the first luxury tax apron.
Officially, official. ⚡️
The Dubs have acquired 12x NBA All-Star guard Chris Paul. pic.twitter.com/oPNCpMj3Xq
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) July 6, 2023
What can be done in the Chris Paul saga?
The most fruitful and realistic route for Paul is his unconditional release. In that case, Atlanta would also have to make some adjustments, and Paul might be required to reduce his salary.
There are talks going on about Chris Paul. Let’s see if the Suns keep him or if he gets to play for the Atlanta Hawks.