Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns were two wins away from being crowned champions.
However, they ended up losing in six to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The offseason is now looming large and there is a decision that Paul needs to make.
He is either staying with the Suns, or leaving for somewhere else.
Paul’s contract has a player option, but he is most likely going to decline it to receive one last big payday.
This is not what we expected a few years ago, as we assumed that Paul was close to being finished.
However, he proved this season that he is still a great point guard in this league.
The Suns would love to keep Paul and try to run it back.
The problem is that temptation of other teams pursuing him to win a title with them.
Paul should stay though.
That we don’t know.
Why should he stay?
This is why.
Try To Finish What You Started
Paul came to the Suns and changed the entire culture from day one.
This was a franchise that hadn’t made the playoffs since 2010.
Last season, they were close, but they fell just short.
This season was the year for them to make the playoffs with the addition of Paul.
Instead of making the playoffs, they became one of the best teams in the league.
That was due to a multitude of things, with one of them being due to Paul.
He wanted to come to Phoenix to play with these young guys and help them reach heights that seemed impossible.
save this one under the "Chris Paul is staying in Phoenix" folder pic.twitter.com/f6S81EdrHL
— Locked On Suns Podcast (@LockedOnPHXSuns) July 16, 2021
They were so close to winning it all.
It would be unfair to bail on them after they helped him reach the Finals for the very first time in his career.
There is a chance he can go, but he honestly shouldn’t.
End what you have built thus far with the Suns and see if you can win it all next season.
Where Else Could He Go?
What are the options for Paul?
Unless money is a big factor, it is tough to see him going to a team like the New York Knicks.
The Knicks have a ton of cap space, but they do need more than Paul to become a legitimate contender.
Other teams do not have the cap space and would need to orchestrate a sign-and-trade.
One of those teams is the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lakers are seeking a vet PG, and Chris Paul is on their list, per @MarcJSpears
Russell Westbrook is also a candidate 👀 pic.twitter.com/abkFczR355
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 21, 2021
They are in the hunt for Paul to put him alongside his best friend, LeBron James.
However, the Lakers will need to do a sign-and-trade, but the Suns would have to want their pieces in return.
Also, should Paul want to join them?
If they were to win, all of the credit would be bestowed onto James.
Paul wants to win, but he is also very competitive.
A move like that does not seem like what he would want.
Winning does matter, but the Suns have shown they can win with this roster.
Plus, they can give him the most money.
The best case for Paul is to stay in Phoenix and run it back.NEXT: Grading Chris Paul's Debut Season With Phoenix Suns