Phoenix Suns: Constructing the Dream Offseason for this Summer

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Phoenix Suns Dream Offseason: Re-signing these free agents

With the Suns directly eyeing a Larry O’Brien trophy, the time for them to move beyond the luxury tax threshold with their finances has come. That starts with re-signing the “Point God,” as well as a few others.

Chris Paul:

Bringing back Chris Paul for the foreseeable future far and away remains Phoenix’s most primary goal this Summer. He almost single-handedly established a winning culture for the team, and helped their younger stars reach new heights. The three-year, 100 million dollar contract most expect him to seek will certainly push the Suns into the luxury tax, but doing so remains worth it.

If they can, Phoenix should try and make his contract as top-heavy as possible though, with the extensions from Ayton and Bridges kicking in in two years from now. If those contracts overlap with the bulk of Paul’s, they could suffocate Phoenix’s cap, so spacing the money out this way makes things easier.

Torrey Craig:

Using their bi-annual exception, the Suns can bring back Torrey Craig as well. A versatile, wing defender who stretches the floor with his 3-point shot, Craig possesses the ability to fill a variety of holes should the team run into any problems next year. With the bi-annual exception, the Suns can lock him in for two years, paying him roughly seven-million between the two seasons.