Suns point guard Chris Paul is expected to decline the $44.2 million player option on his contract this offseason, according to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.
Paul is coming off another season of guiding a younger team to a strong regular season and impressive start to the playoffs.
Per Pincus, Paul may be seeking a multiyear deal in the $100 million range this summer. Declining the option would make him an unrestricted free agent.
“It’s unclear if his recent shoulder injury changes his plans,” Pincus wrote. “Gordon Hayward, who has battled more severe injuries than Paul, made a similar decision this past offseason, opting out of his final year with the Boston Celtics to sign a four-year, $120 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets.”
Paul, who turns 36 later this week, has until Aug. 1 to make a decision on the option. He averaged 16.4 points and 8.9 assists in 70 regular-season games. In the first five playoff games, he’s averaging 9.4 points and 6.8 assists in five playoff games, while dealing with the aforementioned shoulder injury.