Suns’ Chris Paul mocks retirement talk, ready to ‘go back to work’

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FILE — Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guards Chris Paul (3) against the Milwaukee Bucks during game one of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

MILWAUKEE – Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul plans to play a 17th season without drafts in 2021-2022 after his first career trip to the NBA Finals.

Paul, 36, has a player option on his contract to settle before his future is fully settled in Phoenix, his third team in as many seasons.

“I mean, it’s going to take a while to process this or something, but it’s the same mentality: get back to work,” said CP3, who came out of the Phoenix locker room first after Tuesday’s loss in Game 6, even for head coach Monty Williams.

“I’m not retiring, if you ask. That’s out. So back to work,” says Paul.

CP3 declined to provide any insight into how his contract situation could turn out. His $44.2 million player option would be hard to walk away, but it could also be leverage to get a multi-year deal out of the Suns.

There’s also the prospect of CP3 moving on again as his family continues to make Los Angeles her main home and CP3 friend LeBron James could use a point guard.

Williams left little doubt where his loyalties lie in the CP3 conversation.

“He’s a generation player, I said that 11 years ago when I coached him in New Orleans,” Williams said. “And wherever he is, the team has won. They have improved. He’s been close. He was injured before coming here before, but he, along with Book, to lead a team that has never been there before says a lot about their talent, their dedication, the will to win. … He’s done it everywhere he’s been.

“So, speaking of his career, you won’t find many point guards for him and it would be hard to find many players for him if you’re talking about all-time greats.”


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