The Phoenix Suns' dream season came to an end. They were two games up in the NBA Finals and dropped four straight to go home empty-handed again, losing for the third time in three Finals appearances.
Had they won, Chris Paul would've given them not only their first championship ever but he'd also won his very first ring. That's why most people were rooting for him and the Suns to get the job done this season.
But, with that season already in the rearview mirror, some speculate that Paul could opt-out of the final year of his deal and pursue a challenge elsewhere. Nonetheless, Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum just doesn't see it happening:
"It’s hard to imagine a scenario where they [Phoenix Suns] would let Chris Paul walk out the door. He wouldn’t necessarily want to. He really wanted that trade to Phoenix. More than anybody, Chris Paul engineered that trade. The deal that they did in Oklahoma City with the Suns was on the table for like two months. The offer didn’t go up, the offer didn’t go down, it was the same package that they ultimately did," the Blazers guard said on his podcast, as quoted by Essentially Sports.
That makes a lot of sense. It's clear that Paul decided where he wanted to go. He trusted Devin Booker and wanted to play under coach Monty Williams again, and it clearly worked out near perfectly.
The Suns were just a couple of games away from having the best record in the league and a couple of wins from taking the Larry O'Brien trophy home. It's not like they reached the Finals out of chance or luck.
So, the Suns and Paul would be wise to just try and run it back next season. Maybe add a couple of pieces and that's it.