Phoenix: Official – Phoenix Suns re-sign Chris Paul, Cameron Payne

Phoenix: Official - Phoenix Suns re-sign Chris Paul, Cameron Payne

Duane Rankin |Arizona Republic

Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com

Phoenix Suns begin officially announcing their free agent signings with the biggest one.

Chris Paul.

The Suns and the 11-time NBA All-Star have a agreed to a four-year deal worth up to $120 million, league sources informed The Republic on Monday when teams could begin negotiating with free agents.

Paul declined a $44.2-million player option to become an unrestricted free agent, thus leading to the 16-year veteran agreeing to a multiyear contract.

In his first season in Phoenix a trade with Oklahoma City, Paul led the Suns to the NBA Finals as he finished fifth in the NBA MVP voting.

Teams could begin re-signing free agents Friday morning as the Suns also announced bringing back reserve guard Cameron Payne.

League sources informed The Republic that Payne and the Suns agreed to a three-year deal for $19 million Monday. Payne played a key role for the Suns as Paul’s backup.


Along with Paul and Payne, Phoenix also re-signed wing Abdel Nader as league sources informed The Republic the two sides agreed to a two-year deal for $4.2 million.

The Suns acquired Nader in the Chris Paul deal with Thunder for four players with two being starters in Ricky Rubio and Kelly Oubre Jr. as well as a future first-round pick.

Rubio and Oubre never played for the Thunder as they ended up in Minnesota and Golden State, respectively.

Nader missedthe last 31 games of the NBA shortened 72-game regular season and first 13 games of the playoffs with a right knee injury before returning in Game 4 of the conference finals against the Los Angeles Clippers.


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