Chris Paul has proven once again this season that he is a winner. He makes every team better and is one of the best point guards in the league even at his age.
While $ 45 million is a lot for a player his age, several teams would be interested in paying him that much for a year-long attempt to win an NBA championship.
Yet, Eric Pinus from the Bleacher Report recently said Paul is considering declining his player option next season in order to sign a new deal:
“Paul has a $ 44.4 million player option that multiple sources say he will decline in hopes of signing a new multi-year deal (perhaps in the range of $ 100 million over three seasons). It’s unclear if his recent shoulder injury will change his plans. Gordon Hayward, who struggled with more severe injuries than Paul, made a similar decision last off-season and waived his senior year with the Boston Celtics to sign a four-year deal for $ 120 million with the Charlotte Hornets, “said it in Pinus’ report.
Even so, Charles Barkley doesn’t seem to believe that this would be the best decision for him:
“You know I like to drink, don’t you? I’ve never been drunk enough to say no to $ 45 million,” Barkley told Duane Rankin when asked his thoughts on Chris Paul, who is supposedly his player option for the next season declined.
Chris Paul isn’t getting any younger so teams could be cautious about signing him for long-term overtime this summer, especially given his injury history.
On the other hand, he has proven that as a first-class two-way point guard he still has a lot in the tank, and they aren’t cheap.