Phoenix Suns: Regrading the 5 Largest Signings of the Last 5 Years

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Phoenix Suns Signing Regrades: Re-signing Chris Paul in 2021

This one feels fresh, and for good reason. Just a few months ago, the Suns agreed to a new deal with Chris Paul, bringing him back to the Valley under a four-year, $120 million dollar contract.

For those that live under a rock, Paul did as good a job as possible during his first year wearing Phoenix threads. He brought a much needed winning mentality to the team, as well as 16.4 points and 8.9 assists per game. So when his contract expired this summer, the Suns moved heaven and earth to reel him back in.

Just by reacquiring such a coveted asset like Paul, this move deserves a high grade for the Suns front office. However, the hefty price tag attached to the deal puts a few cracks around it.

We know not when Paul might hit his cliff, but at 36-years-old, he likely does so during this new tenure with the Suns. As his production begins to slide, all that money owed to him poises to hurt substantially. So even as great as it is to have Paul back, his contract feels like a ticking time bomb.

Thankfully though, the Suns somewhat have their hands on the detonator. With a team option for Paul’s fourth year, they can omit from paying him if they so chose. So as long as the “Point God” stays divine for at least three more years, the Suns stay afloat.

Grade: B+