Chris Paul proved once again this season that he's a winner. He makes every team better and, even at his age, he's one of the best point guards in the league.
That's why, even though $45 million is a lot for a player his age, multiple teams would be interested in paying him that much for a one-year push to win an NBA Championship.
Nonetheless, Eric Pinus of Bleacher Report recently said that Paul is considering declining his player option next season to sign a new contract:
"Paul has a $44.4 million player option, which according to several sources, he intends to decline with hopes of inking a new multiyear deal (perhaps in the $100 million range over three seasons). It's unclear if his recent shoulder injury changes his plans. 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," read Pinus' report.
Nonetheless, it seems like Charles Barkley doesn't think that this would be the best decision for him:
"You know I like to drink right? I've never been drunk enough to say no to $45 million dollars," Barkley told Duane Rankin when asked about his thoughts on Chris Paul reportedly declining his player option for next season.
Chris Paul isn't getting any younger so teams could be wary of inking him to a long-term extension this summer, especially given his history with injuries.
Then again, he's proven that he's still got a lot left in the tank as a top-notch two-way point guard, and those don't come in cheap.